PSL : Tragedy at Ellis Park marks 15 YEARS
The year 2001, saw the football world witness a Disaster at Ellis Park stadium in a match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
It was on this day on the 11 April , 15 years ago when 43 soccer loving people lost their lives in a stampede that claimed their lives. The South African nation witness one of the most tragic scenes in football.
The incident occurred when more than 30000 fans who were outside tried gaining entrance forcefully and it is believed that more than 60000 were already at inside the stadium. That brought the match to a halt as people started gaining entry and coursing a stampede. The game was level at that time after Pirates equalized.
Premier Soccer League chairperson, D Irvin Khoza expressed the safety measure that would prevent such from happening again and that they have made it to keep the memories of the Ellis Park disaster. He emphasized that club supporters should buy tickets on time and also make it to the arena on time for the match. He also praised both clubs supporters for getting along since the disaster as they travel more together to games.
Both clubs chairmen, Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung sent their condolences to the families that lost their beloved and alerted them they are not forgotten. The clubs have since worked in programmes to teach their supporters on how to behave when attending games.