Premier Soccer League (PSL) outfit Bloemfontein Celtic has called on its fans to come out in numbers to attend a meeting, following the pitch invasion that saw the club’s last outing abandoned after just 23 minutes of play.
During Sunday’s fixture against Cape Town City at Dr Molemela Stadium, disgruntled Phunya Sele Sele fans stormed the pitch, clashing with police and putting an early end to the match.
Horrific scenes here away at Celtic. Supporters and police clash as the players are rushed into the dressing rooms for safety. City’s momentum has been cut by growing crowd violence. Seems to have no end… pic.twitter.com/lYFeBSMFhy
— Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) April 14, 2019
The club has since been charged by the PSL with bringing the league into disrepute by not providing enough security at the venue.
Speaking to KickOff, Celtic’s national supporters club chairman Mabena Pule revealed that the club will be holding a meeting to clear up certain issues with the fans.
“We are meeting on Wednesday starting at 17:00, and we are inviting all Celtic fans to come out in their numbers,” he told the publication.
Uncertainty at Bloem Celtic
The club has been marred by reports of financial instability throughout the past year and is believed to be up for sale, but no buyer has come forward as yet.
According to TimesLive, current Celtic owner Max Tshabalala has a hefty debt owed to Sars, which has been an obstacle to the potential sale.
There have also been been reports of players’ salaries going unpaid, and the financial mess the club finds itself in is said to have influenced former coach Steve Komphela to jump ship to Lamontville Golden Arrows in the middle of the season.
However, recent events seem to suggest that the supporters cannot wait to have the club taken off Tshabalala’s hands as, during Sunday’s chaos, some of the pitch invaders could be seen holding up banner which read “Max must go”.
On the field, results have been far from satisfactory for Celtic, with three straight defeats prior to their match against City, and their last victory coming via a 3-0 triumph against Black Leopards early in February.