Cape Town – Sport24 readers have expressed concern at the growing violence at South African sports events following the death of a spectator outside Kings Park in Durban following the Sharks’ Super Rugby win over the Rebels last Saturday.
The spectator – believed to be from the UK – was involved in a fight on the outer-fields and died from his injuries.
Earlier this season, the Eastern Province Rugby Union vowed to improve security after a video emerged of a violent fan
fight inside the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
VIDEO: PE rugby fan fight
This is what Sport24 readers had to say about the incident:
“This is a very unfortunate incident indeed. Our sincere condolences to the family of our fellow Sharks fan.” – Cloud Chaser
“May this person’s soul RIP. This is so sad. My wife and I were at the
game on Saturday and there was such a nice atmosphere during and after
the game. This is almost unbelievable and I just hope it does not impact
negatively on the family environment that is promoted at the ground!
That will just compound this tragedy.” – Moses Govender
“I have attended matches at Kings park since 1978 and there have only been minor instances of drunken and disorderly behaviour. Nothing like this.” – Craig Dennis
“Indeed sad, this kind of behaviour is “expected” worldwide at soccer matches, but not rugby.” – Rene Muller
“Tragic that a person lost his life in some senseless fight.” – BPC
“Makes what happened in PE look mild, on a more serious note the provincial unions need to sort this out, I’m planning to take my baby girl to her first match at the Shark tank sometime this season.” – Deon Kruger
“Normally after the games there are braais, dop and even a night club … the game finished by 7 and incident about 10. To me, it’s an isolated incident than could happen anywhere … any time and any place.” – Daryl Jackson
“Drinking and braaing in a car park just seems so juvenile to me. If
people just went home after the game, incidents like these wouldn’t
happen.” – Bootman Antibok
“The fans always braai on the grassed area on the Eastern side of the Shark tank and I have never seen even one fight. The supporters of all the unions join in and while there is sometimes some ribbing, it is good-natured.” – Nigel Vos
“I was there, having a great braai with my mates on Saturday night, and I saw no nonsense going on. I have never seen any sort of tension there, and we played rugga with the kids until late. I am so sorry to hear of this incident, and I really hope that people involved are brought to justice. It won’t stop me going but it is a dreadful story to hear.” – Travie Grif
“Alcohol is at the root of this and is the common denominator in most of this sickening behavior.” – watchman
“Hope whoever was involved gets locked away for a very long time! Rugby is supposed to bring people together.” – Tyronne Jardim
“The uncouth behavior of some fans always manages to spoil things during and after games.” – Devils_Advocate
“The police need to be more vigilant.” – Ricky Singh
“A sad day for rugby.” – Andre Nell
“Rugby should bring people together.” – Tyronne Jardim (Gallo Images)
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