Arrests made after violent soccer riot in South Africa

Moses Mabhida dissolved into chaos on Saturday night when fans invaded the pitch following the Kaizer Chiefs' 2-0 loss to the Free State Stars during the Nedbank Cup semi-final.

The causes of the riot will be investigated, police spokesman, Jay Naicker, said.

The incident left 18 people injured, while one person (a security personnel) had to be taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.

Chiefs coach Steve Komphela announced his resignation with immediate effect afterwards, ending his almost two-and-a-half year tenure without any major titles.

Khoza said: "From the league's perspective, whilst crimes or unlawful acts of public violence are being committed in their presence, the South African Police Service is required to be properly prepared and to immediately act".

"If I'm the trigger for this (violence), then maybe one has to say 'maybe step aside.just stop the switch'".

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Kaizer Chiefs chairperson Kaizer Motaung has broken his silence following Saturday night's violent end to the club's football game against Free State Stars. "We are anxious about the safety of the players, the coach and supporters". Players had to flee to the change-room as the scenes played out. Police parked an armored vehicle across the entrance to the players' tunnel to prevent angry supporters getting to the players.

The violence was condemned by South Africa's minister of sport and others.

The (PSL) said it would work closely with law enforcement to ensure that those responsible are subjected to the judicial process.

Chiefs also announced that Mabedi will be assisted by Arthur Zwane, another former player who served the club with distinction during his playing days.

"Hooliganism and thuggery of this nature has no place in football and acts of violence. can not be tolerated", South Africa's Premier Soccer League said.

A Fire was also started on the eastern side of Moses Mabhida Stadium. Forty-three people died and 158 were hurt in a stampede during a match between Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates in 2001.

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