SOUTH AFRICA’S PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE TO TIGHTEN SECURITY AT STADIUM

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) has vowed to work with clubs, the police and security companies to ensure that its Absa Premiership matches are incident-free and fans are safe.

This followed shocking scenes of violence and pitch invasions which occurred last Saturday in a match between two of the country’s top clubs, the Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns. Lives could have been lost when a number of spectators sustained injuries after fans invaded the pitch and hurled missiles.

The incident has been condemned by the PSL because it could lead to fewer people attending matches at a time when attendance figures are already low.

While the league is responsible for security at matches, home teams are the ones which have to ensure that the logistics at hand meet their requirements.

“Every season, there are 540 events; we want all those events to be incident-free. We want to make the sport appealing to younger people, older people and family people,” PSL Media Officer Luxolo September said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the league and its headline sponsor, Absa Bank, have launched a “Goal-of-the-month” award in an initiative which will see fans voting for the most deserving goal on the PSL website.

It is hoped the initiative will revive the interest of fans and make them pay attention.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK