Blasts from the past: Riots and wrongs in ’76 Soweto Derby

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Blasts from the past: Riots and wrongs in ’76 Soweto Derby

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Today in SA sports history: February 7

1975 — Hellenic beat Maritzburg 3-1 at Green Point Stadium to win the Champion of Champions 5-2 on aggregate. All the goals came in the second half. In a fun athletics race during the interval, Danie Malan upstaged March Fiasconaro over 800m. They were joined by three streakers.

1976 — The second leg of the Top Four final between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium is abandoned midway through extra time with the Buccaneers leading 3-2 on aggregate after furious Chiefs fans rioted over poor refereeing decisions. Believing they’d been robbed of victory, Chiefs supporters hurled bottles, bricks and even a barrel onto the pitch before breaching a 3m fence to storm  the field. Referee Godfrey Motsoane, letting  the second half run to 55 minutes, awarded a late and dubious free kick to Pirates while Chiefs were 2-0 ahead. Chiefs keeper Ronnie Malefatsane had carried the ball out his area, but only because he was being harassed and prevented from clearing the ball by a  Pirates player. The free kick should have gone the other way, but Pirates netted from there, levelling the aggregate score at 2-2 to take the match into extra time. Then Jomo Sono produced a scorching dribble to deliver Pirates’ second goal of the match...

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