Kaizer Chiefs have learnt the Premier Soccer League DC ruling after being charged for the pitch invasion at Danie Craven Stadium during the MTN8 quarter-final.
Chiefs beat Stellenbosch 4-3 on penalties at a packed Danie Craven Stadium, where Amakhosi fans invaded the pitch after the Amakhosi had equalised.
However, the game was able to be finished but 100s of fans again crowded the pitch after the final penalty, leading to both sets of players rushing into the tunnel.
On Saturday, PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu had confirmed Chiefs will appear before the DC on 8 September and the case was heard earlier today.
Chiefs were the away game of the match and Stellenbosch had stated that the PSL were in charge of all security measures around the game.
“I can confirm that this evening Kaizer Chiefs Football Club appeared before the DC to answer to two counts of pitch invasion by the spectators as well as one count of the delayed restarting of the match after the pitch invasion,” Majavu stated.
“They pleaded guilty as charged and having listened to extensive submissions of both the prosecutor and their legal representative the PSL DC sanctioned Kaizer Chiefs as follows.
“1) A monetary fine of R200,000 of which half is suspended for a period of 24 months on condition that during the period of suspension they are not found guilty of the same offence.
“2) The league was directed to carry the costs of the seating, as opposed of Kaizer Chiefs. This was based on the understanding that the league as the event organiser ought to have arranged the security differently.
“3) Kaizer Chiefs was ordered the costs of the inner perimeter fence, if any, which was breached by Kaizer Chiefs supporters.
“4) The league was also ordered to pay the costs of the outer perimeter fence, if any, which was damaged as a result of the invasion and due to what the DC characterised as inaccurate security arrangements.
“5) Both the league as well as Kaizer Chiefs senior officials are directed by the DC to address a press conference at which they would be expected to convey a message to the masses out there regarding this kind of behaviour.
“It was recognised that a message from the clubs alone is not enough.”
“Hence the directive for the league also to shoulder some responsibility to assist Kaizer Chiefs in addressing the masses, mindful of the fact that we have all survived Covid regulations and maybe people have forgotten how to behave in the stadium.”