The ugly spectre of hooliganism
HOOLIGANISM once again reared its ugly head during the weekend’s top of the table clash between Lioli and Matlama.
The match was abandoned due to crowd trouble after Tse Putsoa supporters invaded the pitch towards the end of the match protesting what they deemed poor officiating.
We witnessed similar incidents just two months ago during the Kick4life-bantu clash.
The worrying part is that there have been casualties on both occasions and with the police having already confirmed that one person died from injuries sustained in the violence.
It is high time those in the leadership of our football took stern measures because the situation is really getting out of hand.
Regardless of the quality of the officiating, what happened at Setsoto Stadium on Sunday is inexcusable and fans need to know that acts of hooliganism have no place in our football.
Soccer in the country is in transition from amateur to semi-professionalism.
Getting sponsors that can help our football to develop is already a challenge and such incidents only serve to aggravate the already difficult situation.
But then again, I also ask myself why there was such lax security, given the high profile nature of the match.
Going forward, the teams must deploy more security personnel to protect true supporters of the beautiful game from thugs who are certainly a danger to society.
The two incidents are big enough to worry the league body into reviewing its security arrangements in order to beef them up especially for the big matches that attract huge crowds.
Emotions are always high in such matches and the premier league management committee should advise clubs to beef-up their security for such games.
The refereeing department also needs to be re-visited as match officials appear to be hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons week in and week out.
As I said before, it is wrong for supporters to take matters into their own hands as referees are also human being and can make mistakes.
But the problem is that some of the referees have been suspected of improper conduct including accepting bribes.
Yes, I have said it and it is well documented that some of the referees are not clean and have allegedly been taking money to influence the outcome of matches.
High ranking football officials are well aware of this issue as some of the referees have gone public about it, but it would appear that no one has cared enough to conduct a proper investigation in order to get to the bottom of the matter.
So once again, I humbly plead with those in leadership to address the matter before it is too late.
Football is about entertainment and not violence so the quicker that this problem is dealt with, the better it will be for everyone.