By Isaac Ndou
JOHANNESBURG: The Premier Soccer League (PSL) are currently in the process of offering workshops for clubs to ensure adequate safety and security going into the 2018/19 season.
South African football experienced cases where security measures were bridged, notably Kaizer Chiefs spectators who on two occasions invaded the field of play to air out their frustration, leaving people seriously injured and a costly bill worth of damage to facilities in Stadiums.
The Governing Body’s Legal Counsel Micheal Murphy has said that the PSL has taken on the initiative after the realization that fining club’s hefty amounts of money is not bringing about any solution to the problem of maximum safety at Stadiums.
“We know that recently there has been a lot of attention on local football in relation to safety at stadiums. While a lot of work has been done by the PSL in the last two years or so in improving safety and security including some of the processes, we also need to spend time with our member clubs and engaging on safety.
“We have to constantly work hard on crowd management and give confidence to the general public because people who attend our games want to be and feel safe,” Murphy said.
“We can’t just spend our energy on punishing clubs, but we must focus on capacity building as well. We are working hard to ensure that the officers who are tasked to deal with safety/security are equipped. Of course, there is another discussion happening with our Executive Committee and those in charge of the Police. We all need to work together,” said Murphy on PSL’s official website.
The PSL and The South African Police service have been playing the blame game on incidents that occurred at Stadiums last season, the biggest incident coming at the Moses Mabidha Stadium in Durban after a match between Chiefs and Free State Stars which landed security official in hospital in critical conditions.
The workshops are taking place in Gauteng, Limpopo and Western Cape, with the last one to be held in KwaZulu -Natal on Wednesday. NSL member clubs are in attendance at the workshops.