Premier Soccer League (PSL) chair Irvin Khoza has confirmed that the league has not planned anything significant to mark Thursday’s 18th anniversary of the Ellis Park disaster. Forty-three supporters died and more than 150 were injured in crushes at Ellis Park on April 11 2001 during a Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs‚ as people poured into a stadium that was already filled  to capacity. It was SA’s biggest stadium disaster. In the Orkney disaster of 1991‚ 42 supporters died as a result of an overfull Oppenheimer Stadium‚ where a crowd of 30‚000 was present but the ground had a capacity of 23‚000 at a preseason friendly between Chiefs and Pirates. “There was a press conference that was held at the stadium some time back where we made a commitment to give the families some space to grieve‚” Khoza said. “The Ellis Park disaster is an emotional one and we have not abandoned it, but we did make a statement that we have done our part and that we did not give the fa...

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