Pirates 'sorry' for worst ever PSL defeat

Pirates 'sorry' for worst ever PSL defeat

Orlando Pirates assistant couch Benson Mhlongo has apologised profusely to fans for the team's worst ever defeat in the Absa Premiership. 

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Team coach Augusto Palacios did not return to the pitch for post-match interviews after Pirates lost 6 - 0 to Mamelodi Sundowns. 


"The coach's heart is very sore. He thinks he disappointed the team, but it's all of us who disappointed supporters," Mhlongo said in an interview with SuperSport. 


Several people had been injured after Pirates fans invaded the pitch during their PSL game against Sundowns yesterday. 


The reigning champions were leading 6-0 when Pirates fans broke through the fence and ran towards the players injuring several people. 

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Sundowns coach Pitso Motsimane refused to comment on the pitch invasion and violent clashes which followed. 


"These things do happen in football. I don't want to focus on that. We need to brand our game and the league well. We don't encourage this kind of thing. 


"We played well. I expected three goals, not six," he told SuperSport after the game. 

The Premier Soccer League has since condemned what it labels "acts of hooliganism" by soccer fans. 


"The League apologises to all the supporters and stakeholders. Such behaviour at our stadiums is bad advert for our football," it says in a statement. 


The match had to be stopped on the 82nd minute by the referee to clear the pitch.


"The Premier Soccer League is awaiting reports from various stakeholders on what transpired on Saturday afternoon," the PSL says. 


Gauteng police spokesperson Kay Makhubele says no arrests have yet been made.


"A case of public violence and malicious damage to property has been opened for investigation."


Sundowns won 6 - 0, the team's biggest ever PSL win.

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