Bloemfontein Celtic would love to officially apologize to the PSL and Orlando Pirates for scenes of hooliganism perpetuated by certain quarters of its supporters during the loss yesterday (Saturday, 27th February 2016).
The mayhem erupted few minutes before the end of the game and continued even after the game. Chairman Max Tshabalala explains… “I must concede my heart is painful at how some supporters behaved last night. Vandalizing the stadium, fighting and hurting Pirates supporters in the process and clearly the situation has gone out of hand. It was also hurt seeing a National Heritage Site (which is part of the 2010 World Cup Legacy) being ripped apart because of frustrations against one man (Max Tshabalala), we need to respect and maintain our infrastructure. I Personally respect human-life and would like to see our people growing rather than being hurt. I was pained to see innocent soccer loving fans being beaten some to a pulp and that led me to the decision to sell the team.”
Tshabalala continued: “Our supporters are deliberately bringing the league into disrepute just to hurt me as an individual. This is not about the performance of the team but (Max Tshabalala). I had a chat with some of the fans who boldly told me they hate me and want me out of the team with immediate effect hence I am calling on businessman in and around Mangaung to come up with offers to buy the team and take Celtic forward. I love Celtic and if I’m the one standing in the way of its successes then the best thing is to sell it to those who will be able to satisfy the supporters.”
Max reiterates… “Yes! I want offers urgently and will be open and honest enough to show whoever that is interested to acquire the team what we have spent and the required amount to purchase the team. This team will never ever be relegated and I even addressed the players telling them of the situation. We must remember that the league has never in recent times experienced such intolerable deeds of barbarism and for that to happen through Celtic supporters has left me emotionally paralyzed”
The obviously devastated Tshabalala, apologised to the football loving fans that were injured and said “Lastly to families and friends of the supporters who were injured and threatened yesterday, I apologise from the depth of my heart for what you went through. Football stadiums are a family environment and the game is a sport that is enjoyed by the young and old, I am sorry that people had to experience such acts of violence.”
A Press Conference will be held tomorrow (Monday 29th February) at Siwelele Park where the Chairman is expected to address members of the media. The press conference is scheduled for 11h00.