Mamelodi Sundowns press charges against Orlando Pirates as clashes at Loftus Versfeld get deeper

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Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed that they have pressed charges against Orlando Pirates after the clashes that took place at Loftus Versfeld.

The Chloorkop based club and their visitors from Soweto were involved in off-field scuffles, where Orlando Pirates staff clashed with security guards while trying to park their bus in the wrong parking.

The drama, however, did not stop there as a Downs fan then managed to get past security and make his way to the Pirates bench where he proceeded to attack Pirates assistant coach Rulani Mokwena during the massive encounter.

Sundowns have now confirmed that the have opened up a case of assault on a security guard and damage to property against their Premier Soccer League rivals.

“A police case has been opened against Pirates at the Sunnyside police station [in Pretoria] for damage to property and one for assault on a security officer,” Sundowns’ acting general manager Yogesh Singh told City Press.

The Sundowns GM also revealed that they have logged a complaint with the PSL after feeling the Buccanners got away with bullying them inside their own stadium.

Singh did not stop there as he then also accused the match commissioner Mark Lindon of ‘allowing Pirates to have their own way in our stadium. Pirates broke the emergency gate and forced their bus into a space where they were not allowed to park.’

“Second, they used another dressing room other than the one we had allocated them, which the match commissioner had already inspected and approved. We don’t do this when we go to Orlando Stadium [Pirates home ground],” he continued.

“We sent the letter to the PSL before we even saw the match commissioner’s report. Sundowns won’t be bullied by any team in the league – we won’t stand for that,” he added.

Singh, clearly unimpressed with the contents of Lindon’s match report.

“Not everything was noted but I’ll respond to his report on Monday [tomorrow],” concluded Singh.

Pirates’ administrative manager Floyd Mbele, however, insisted that the Soweto Giants were not aware that Sundowns had laid charges against them when asked for a response.

“The league will summon us if we have a case to answer. Certainly we are not aware that there is action that has been taken [but] we’ve got our own record of what transpired [last Saturday],” he said.


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