PORT ELIZABETH – A supporter was shot dead during a confrontation with police on Saturday at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
The incident occured as thousands of fans invaded the pitch at the end of Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-0 victory over Chippa United that closed their league campaign.
Police spokesperson Johan Rheeder said the victim was an unidentified man.
He was shot during a scuffle that broke out following one man’s attempt to disarm an officer.
“The man tried to take the policeman’s gun and during the scuffle the gun went off and the person was shot,” Rheeder told the Herald newspaper.
The death was also confirmed by the CEO of the Premier Soccer League, Braam de Villiers.
Kaizer Chiefs were crowned league champions for a record 12th time on April 22, but were forced by league authorities to wait until the final day of the season to lift the trophy.
That created much anticipation for Saturday’s fixture against minnows Chippa United, and the 46,000-seater venue was sold out.
The man died at the scene.