Boy injured in stadium chaos

Boy injured in stadium chaos

MASERU – An eight year old child is fighting for his life after Linare hooligans sparked a fight following their side’s 1-0 Econet Premier League defeat to Bantu last Saturday.

The match was played at the Maputsoe DiFA Stadium and skirmishes at the final whistle resulted in the unnamed youth suffering serious life-threating injuries.

He is being cared for at Mapoteng Hospital.
The violence sparked off when a group of Linare supporters attempted to assault Linare head coach Freeze Ntene after the game and, as fans tried to escape from the ground, a child fell and was trampled on in the panic.
He was admitted to hospital where he is there under the care of doctors.
His condition is critical.

Linare said they will shoulder the medical expenses of the young fan until he recovers fully. In a statement released on Monday, ‘Tse Tala’ also said they have identified the chief instigator of the violent reaction whom they say has since gone into hiding.

Linare said they are working with Maputsoe police to find the culprit and a criminal case has been opened.  The club said apart from identifying the person who started the fracas, they also identified 10 other Linare fans that had the same intention to attack Ntene but did not participate in the actual violence.

Linare spokesperson Lebese Molati said the club will pursue the case until the main suspect is behind bars. Linare have also imposed a five-year ban on the group of hooligans that have been identified from all games involving Linare, whether home or away.

Ntene was talking to journalists after the defeat to log leaders Bantu when the attack happened. Linare said they do not know what prompted the attack but they believe it was because of the loss to Bantu. They also confirmed Ntene made it out of the ground safely under the protection of police.

“Mr Ntene was able to get out safely under protection and the police, the army and true Linare supporters, after that we helped the coach to report the happenings to Maputsoe police,” a statement released by Linare said.

“Unfortunately after all this, we heard there was a child involved and suffered injuries, as the club we will shoulder the responsibility to ensure he gets treatment,” the release continued.

“The management of the club is disappointed by this behaviour, we condemned it and we know this is not the way true Linare supporters behave. We are confident that the behaviour of (the) minority who are dragging

Linare’s name into the mud will not succeed and we urge the police to investigate,” Linare said. The club also apologised to all the league’s stakeholders and its sponsors – Econet Lesotho.

Tlalane Phahla

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