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SBD Global/April 12, 2013/Facilities

League Might Reintroduce Netting For Crowd Control Following Weekend Attack

The reintroduction of crowd-control netting at football stadiums was raised at a Premier Soccer League management meeting on Monday "following the weekend's vuvuzela attack debacle," according to Mazola Molefe of SOWETAN LIVE. A pitch invader "attempted to strike referee Lwandile Mfiki with a vuvuzela draped with a Kaizer Chiefs flag during an Absa Premiership clash between Lamontville Golden Arrows and Amakhosi at the Moses Mabhida Stadium" in Durban, South Africa. The league conceded that "its security department had taken a huge knock this season, with the issue of unruly behaviour by Mamelodi Sundowns fans earlier in the season resurfacing." PSL Communications Manager Connie Motshumi said, "We are looking at all remedies of crowd control and curbing pitch invasion during our matches. In our management meeting it was suggested that maybe we should revisit the possibility of (crowd control) fences" (SOWETAN LIVE, 4/10).
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