We all failed be­cause we haven’t learnt

African Independent - - SPORT - THOMAS

per­son or persons but in­clude my­self in the col­lec­tive group that failed those fam­i­lies.

I have heard peo­ple blam­ing ticket touts, oth­ers point­ing fin­gers at the two clubs, and oth­ers still blam­ing sta­dium man­age­ment, while some ac­cused fans of go­ing to the sta­dium with­out match tick­ets.

I can also jump onto the band­wagon and ac­cuse the safety per­son­nel for lack­ing the pre­req­ui­site train­ing to deal with volatile sit­u­a­tions, and blame or­gan­is­ers for fail­ing to throw a cor­don around the sta­dium precinct where peo­ple with­out tick­ets should never have been al­lowed.

As a me­dia prac­ti­tioner, I should have also warned pa­trons who thronged the cal­abash shaped sta­dium about our col­lec­tive short­com­ings to have put in place ad­e­quate mea­sures to guar­an­tee their safety, but I failed and so bow my head in shame.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.