Kaizer Chiefs, one of South Africa’s renowned football clubs, recently found themselves in hot water after their supporters displayed unruly behaviour during a match against TS Galaxy on August 20, 2023.
The incident resulted in charges of misconduct being levelled against the club by the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee. In response to the ruling, Kaizer Chiefs issued a formal apology, expressing remorse and vowing to address supporter behaviour.
UNRULY BEHAVIOUR AND PSL’S DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE RULING
Following their defeat to TS Galaxy, objects were thrown at Coach Molefi Ntseki by some Kaizer Chiefs supporters. The incident drew widespread attention, leading the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee to intervene. PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu confirmed the charges of misconduct that had been brought against the club.
FORMAL APOLOGY ISSUED BY KAIZER CHIEFS AND EFFORTS TO ADDRESS SUPPORTER BEHAVIOUR
On Tuesday, Kaizer Chiefs took responsibility for the actions of their supporters and published a formal apology. The statement conveyed the club’s regret and expressed their condemnation of the unacceptable behaviour exhibited by a section of their fanbase during the PSL fixture at Mbombela Stadium.
The apology extended to the PSL, all member clubs, TS Galaxy FC, and the peace-loving supporters of the opposing team saying: “Kaizer Chiefs hereby unreservedly apologises to the PSL, all PSL member clubs, TS Galaxy FC and all of its peace-loving supporters, for the behaviour of some of its supporters at the club’s PSL fixture against TS Galaxy FC at Mbombela Stadium on 20 August 2023. The club condemns this poor and unacceptable behaviour in the strongest possible terms.”
In addition to the formal apology, Kaizer Chiefs announced their commitment to engaging with the club’s branches regarding supporter behaviour at football matches. This initiative-taking approach highlights their determination to prevent similar incidents in the future, demonstrating their desire to maintain a respectful and positive environment within their fan community.
IMPOSITION OF FINE AND KAIZER CHIEF’S EFFORTS TO CURB SUCH BEHAVIOUR GOING FORWARD
Alongside the formal apology, the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee also imposed a fine of R100,000 on Kaizer Chiefs. Nonetheless, a portion of the fine, which amounts to R30,000, has been suspended for two years on the condition that the club does not commit a comparable violation during this period.