SAFA and SAB offers condolences following FNB tragedy

CHAMPIONS CUP: Carling Black Label expressed their condolences for the incident on Saturday.

The South African Football Association, SAFA, is deeply saddened by the tragedy at FNB Stadium during the Carling Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates July 29.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the family members of those who lost their lives.We are going to ask for a full report and institute a full investigation on what transpired and the cause for the stampede,” said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.

“I would also like to wish the injured speedy recovery. A football match is supposed to be a place of entertainment. What happened at the FNB Stadium is very unfortunate,” he said.

The statement of the fatalities from sponsors Carling Black Label are:

“As sponsors of the Carling Black Label Champion Cup, we are saddened by the fatalities that occurred late this afternoon due to a number of people who attempted to push through the stadium gates.

As things stand at the moment, we can confirm two fatalities caused by blunt force trauma, one critically injured and sixteen spectators with minor injuries.

This incident is extremely unfortunate as solid security plans were put in place in conjunction with SAPS and various other stakeholders, to ensure that this is a risk-free event.

Since the inception of the Carling Black Label Cup in 2011, we have had record attendance and incident free events.

The South African Police Services and Stadium Management South Africa are working together to investigate this matter.

As Carling Black Label, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and SMSA – We wish to express our sincere condolences to the families of those affected by the incident.

We will endeavour to keep the public informed as we receive progress on the matter.”

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Annette van Schalkwyk
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