'Barbaric behaviour': Football fan drives car at referee during match

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
A BMW drove onto the pitch during a match in the ABC Motsepe League match between Luka Ball Controllers and Polokwane City Rovers. (@SAFPUOfficial)

The South African Players Football Union has expressed its shock after a car drove on the field during a football match last weekend.

A video shows a BMW driving onto the field during the match between the Luka Ball Controllers and Polokwane City Rovers in the ABC Motsepe League.

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The South African Football Players Union condemned the “barbaric” act.

“We as #SAFPU are shocked to have witnessed such barbaric behavior. There is no place for it in football. We will be meeting in earnest with @SAFA_net to resolve,” Sec. Gen Nhlanhla Shabalala said, according to the SAFPU.

A source told The Citizen the driver was frustrated after the Rovers scored the leading goal to take it to 2-1 and some fans didn’t approve of the call.

The driver allegedly drove at the referee.

“Each time the game was set to restart he threatened to go onto the field again. It spoiled the game because he kept trying to drive the car towards the City Rovers bench,” a source at the stadium told the publication.

“He [allegedly] wanted to hit the referee, that is who he was targeting, he turned his attention to the Rover bench in frustration because the referee made his way off the field as he feared he would be run over by the fan.”

The game was abandoned after the incident.

The SAFPU has since teamed up with the police to enhance crime prevention during football matches.