Should fans take flack for stadium disasters?
After the 2001 Ellis park disaster, I thought we wouldn’t see another death at our stadiums, especially not so soon.
It is heart breaking that yet again, a stampede has occurred, with two lives lost. The death of the two supporters at the FNB Stadium could have been avoided. It worries me that there are still people that go to the stadiums while they don’t have tickets. What sort of miracle do they hope for going to the stadium precinct with no ticket in hand?
— Sbu Mthembu (@sbu_mthembu) July 31, 2017
can we not act confused?!
The two lives were claimed by our poor behaviour,Football fans,we never learn 🙁
— LORRAINE (@dee_neolauraine) July 29, 2017
The tickets for the Carling Black Label Champions Cup were sold out two weeks before the event, this was announced. The organizers and law enforcement spoke about this several times that fans that didn’t have tickets shouldn’t go to the venue, but clearly people don’t learn. Where did they think the tickets would come from after they had been sold out for two weeks?
SAFA President Danny Jordaan recently attended the CAF Symposium where one of the discussions was how to minimize and prevent stadium disasters.
Another problem is hooliganism at matches. In recent seasons we have witnessed incidents of supporters misbehaving. What has been done about those?
The clubs may have been fined but what about the actual perpetrators? What will stop them from doing it again? The pitch invasion that occurred at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium highlighted that the stewards are not well equipped to deal with such events. They tend to run away from the unruly fans instead of controlling the situation. Our stadiums are already suffering from the increasing lack of attendance. The incident at the Carling Champions Cup will further encourage people to stay away from football games.