Cape Town – The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee (PSL DC) has finally handed down its decision regarding the crowd violence that took place during a fixture between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Disgruntled Buccaneers fans invaded the field and stopped play as Sundowns thrashed the the Soweto giants 6-0 in at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.
The PSL said in a statement:
The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee has handed down its sanctions against Orlando Pirates FC arising from the crowd violence which took place at Loftus Stadium on February 11 2017 during the clubs match against Mamelodi Sundowns FC.
The Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned Orlando Pirates by ordering that the club must play two home matches in a closed stadium. The implementation of one of these matches has been suspended for a period 24 months.
In the Disciplinary Committees opinion, the sentence was warranted because of the seriousness of the misconduct.
In addition, the Disciplinary Committee was of the view that a sanction of this nature is the only way in which the fans of the club could be punished simultaneously with the club, for their errant behaviour during football matches.
Orlando Pirates was also ordered to pay the costs of the sittings of the Disciplinary Committee.