Stadium security experts who were contracted for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have a wealth of knowledge to offer local football clubs, but it is not being used.
This is according to Percy, a 702 listener who apparently worked with the SA Football Association (Safa) in 2010.
I was one of the security people who worked with the 2010 Fifa World Cup.— Percy, caller
Percy explains that while Safa handled the World Cup, the majority of local matches fall under the Premier Soccer League (PSL).
We are here. We gained experience during 2010.— Percy, caller
Most of us that have that experience are not involved in soccer security. All that experience just disappeared.— Percy, caller
This comes after the deadly stampede at FNB Stadium during a cup final between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
Two football supporters were killed and several others injured on Saturday.
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At the same time, EWN Sports' Morena Mothupi says authorities, stadium management, and the PSL need to find the root causes of the stampedes and compromised safety measures.
Mothupi says officials need to address the apparent sale of illegal tickets outside stadiums, but adds that stadium attendees/fans also need to be taken to task for their part.
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Here's what listeners on Twitter had to say:
Dubious security arrangement in that case for an A match category game.— Collins Ntelele (@NteleleCollins) July 31, 2017
@bonglez I, with legit ticket will not go 2 game 'cause security /stad mangmt will not keep me safe. Gone backwards from 2010.— Khanyi Gcaleka (@imkhanyi) July 31, 2017
Fans are to be blamed unruly behavior 😔— FatherToMyBoys (@Obakeng31) July 31, 2017
Poor management @bonglez & lack of personnel training. The stampede was totally unnecessary.— Shaz (@Mmamashadi) July 31, 2017
@bonglez We need 2 have reserved seating. What have learned from WC2010. We allow people to come late. Why does this not happen innRugby— $€BA$TIAN PRESTON® (@SebastianEarl) July 31, 2017
My heart bleeds for the Families. Can't help wondering if the people who lost their lives had tickets & were stampeded by those who did not.— Alwyn Myburgh (@BIGPICAllas) July 31, 2017