Prof­its put ahead of fans’ safety

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Jef­frey Mothu­loe

THE soc­cer stam­pede at the FNB sta­dium on Satur­day may be at­trib­uted to poor soc­cer ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Two com­mis­sions of in­quiry into foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion were held in the past but the find­ings of both have not been im­ple­mented.

Foot­ball should be run by pro­fes­sion­als to en­sure there is ef­fi­cient ad­min­is­tra­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion. There has been three soc­cer stam­pedes, all in­volv­ing Pi­rates and Chiefs.

The of­fi­cials have con­ceded the preva­lence of fake soc­cer tick­ets was re­ported by Com­puticket in Fe­bru­ary, yet no se­cu­rity mea­sures were in place at this high-risk fix­ture on Satur­day.

Fifa demon­strated dur­ing 2010 World Cup how soc­cer matches should be or­gan­ised and run. Our ar­ro­gant soc­cer ad­min­is­tra­tors have not learnt any lessons from the 2010 World Cup. Sup­port­ers de­manded the same ex­pe­ri­ence when watch­ing soc­cer after the World Cup. The lo­cal soc­cer of­fi­cials quickly re­jected the idea, cit­ing fi­nan­cial con­straints.

In South Africa, soc­cer is about two teams and it’s all about su­per prof­its for the teams. This ex­plains why this tour­na­ment re­placed the Char­ity Cup which ben­e­fited char­i­ties and is now only ben­e­fit­ing two teams.

The safety and wel­fare of the poor soc­cer sup­port­ers is not a con­cern to Pi­rates and Chiefs. It is not sur­pris­ing the clubs have of­fered no sup­port, moral or oth­er­wise, to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased. Mon­tana Park, Pre­to­ria

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