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SAFA to Probe the Incident at ABC Motsepe League Game, Referee Saved From an Attack by Dondol Stars' Fans
- MM Platinum defeated Dondol Stars 1-0 in the ABC Motsepe League to retain the top spot in Gauteng's Stream B
- Dondol Stars' fans were unhappy with the result, believing that the referee had cheated them during the match
- Angry fans attempted to attack the referee after the game and security had to whisk him away to safety
The South African Football Association (SAFA) will investigate an incident that broke out at an ABC Motsepe League game over the weekend.
MM Platinum beat Dondol Stars 1-0 in a clash that featured two sides in the top three of Gauteng Stream B, in the league.
Dondol Stars were unhappy with the refereeing during the encounter. After the game, Dondol Stars fans wanted to attack the referee and he had to be rescued by the team's chairperson. SAFA will now investigate the matter, eNCA reported.
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MM Platinum remains top of Stream B, two points ahead of Highlands Park. Dondol Stars are in third place, four points behind MM Platinum, SAFA confirmed. The winners of the streams will face each other for the Provincial title.
The nine provincial winners will then be separated into two streams, with the winner of each stream being promoted into the National First Division.
The ABC Motsepe League, which is the second division of South African football, has always been plagued by allegations of corruption. Three years back, Goal.com reported that another referee was attacked by fans in the tunnel, following a game.
Soccer Laduma also reported on instances where teams walked off before games started, alleging that match-fixing was taking place.
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For several minutes, players of both teams were confined to the centre of the pitch as the situation was said to have escalated. Polices officers and other security operatives engaged the fans in barrel before firing teargas canisters to disperse the youths out of the stadium.