Judgement has been reserved in the long-running matter related to the crowd trouble that marred a league match between Mamelodi Sundowns and visiting Orlando Pirates at Loftus in February.
The Premier Soccer League has announced that Pirates appeared before its disciplinary committee (DC) on charges relating to the spectator misbehaviour, and all the parties made representations.
“Orlando Pirates appeared before the PSL DC on charges relating to spectator misbehaviour during the Absa Premiership fixture against Mamelodi Sundowns on 11 February 2017,” a PSL statement said.
“The chairman of the DC has reserved judgement to a date to be announced soon.”
Sundowns are also not off the hook as the statement added that the DC would sit to hear the charges against the club.
“Mamelodi Sundowns were charged with failure to provide adequate security at the same match. This charge will be dealt with presently.
“As this matter is sub judice, the PSL will make no further comment on this.”
The incident will go down as one of the most shameful afternoons in South African football history after fans invaded the pitch, endangering lives, and also harming the PSL product.
The match was delayed for an hour after Percy Tau’s 82nd-minute sixth goal sparked an invasion first by Pirates’ fans, then those of Sundowns in response, resulting in fist-fights, violence, injuries and damage to property.
The players, coaching staff and benches of both sides sprinted for the safety of the change-rooms.
After the PSL’s security officials were overwhelmed, a police armoured vehicle entered the pitch and teargas and stun grenades were fired.
The match resumed after the delay, and was completed with Sundowns trashing Pirates 6-0.