Pretoria: Local football fans need to
take responsibility for their behaviour and make sure the
Football World Cup in South Afria was a safe one, a government
official has said.
Government Spokesman Themba Maseko said that after the
stampede at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa for a warm-up
match between Nigeria and North Korea on Sunday, fans needed
to take responsibility for their behaviour and make sure the
World Cup was a safe one.
Fourteen fans and two police officers were injured during
a friendly match when fans arrived with free tickets and
pushed against the gates to gain entrance to the stadium.
"Fans are urged to behave in a way that does not result
in injury or harm to those attending tournaments or
participating in activities at public viewing areas," Maseko
said, while urging all South Africans to treat international
visitors with the "best hospitality they had ever seen".
Unruly behaviour that posed a danger to those attending
matches would not be tolerated, Maseko said.
"All football fans have a responsibility to ensure a
safe and secure World Cup tournament for everyone. We urge
fans to desist from accessing stadiums without tickets. Those
found in possession of illegal tickets will be prosecuted," he