Hundreds of South African soccer fans disgruntled at the performance of their team rioted violently at a game on Saturday night, viciously assaulting at least one security guard on the field, attacking others with chairs, setting parts of the stadium on fire and causing extensive damage.
Police said Sunday that two people had been arrested and more arrests were imminent following the mayhem at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the east coast city of Durban. It followed a 2-0 defeat for Kaizer Chiefs, arguably South Africa’s biggest club, in the semifinals of the Nedbank Cup competition.
Kaizer Chiefs fans were mainly responsible for the riot as they set fires in the stands, ripped up parts of the stadium, invaded the field and attacked security guards and others, including television camera operators. They used plastic chairs and debris from the damaged stadium to attack and beat the hopelessly outnumbered security officials.
Stadium authorities said 18 people were injured in the riot, five of whom were taken to a hospital.