The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has found Orlando Pirates guilty of "spectator misbehaviour" for the pitch invasion that was started by their supporters in a Premiership match against Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld last season.
After a protracted disciplinary committee hearing process‚ finally‚ 10 months after Sundowns’ 6-0 thrashing of Pirates on February 11‚ one of the teams have been found guilty. A sentence is expected to be delivered in January‚ the PSL said in a media release on Thursday.
Sundowns‚ as the home team responsible for security‚ and whose fans also invaded the pitch in response to those from Pirates‚ resulting in violent scenes‚ were also charged but a verdict is only expected in their case in January.
"The Premier Soccer League disciplinary committee has released its ruling on the matter involving Orlando Pirates and spectator misbehaviour‚" the PSL’s release stated.
"The league had charged Orlando Pirates with contravening rule 54 of the NSL Handbook [Rules] following acts of hooliganism by a section of supporters during the Premiership fixture on February 11 2017 where some fans invaded the pitch. The disciplinary committee found Orlando Pirates guilty. The disciplinary committee will reconvene next year to impose sanction on the member club."