South Africa's primary cup competition played host to astonishing scenes of violence last night as Kaizer Chiefs suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Free State Stars.
One of the country's most well-known and successful sides, an incident that started in the stands of the Moses Mabhida Stadium spilled out onto the pitch with devastating ramifications.
According to The Independent, fans of Kaizer Chiefs became violent as they witnessed their side concede a second goal in the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup.
When the final whistle arrived, the same fans proceeded to destroy parts of the stadium, rush the vacant pitch, target abandoned television equipment, and, most gruesomely, attack a solitary female security guard.
Set upon by a group of frenzied men, she was sickeningly kicked in her head; leaving her seemingly unconscious on the floor while the chaos continued around her.
The manager of the club Steve Komphela resigned immediately after the incident, stating that,
We have to cut this culture of ill-discipline and delinquency. I have to be responsible and protect the players and administration, and set an example that this must stop.
If it has to stop with me, then it must be so ... I am effectively saying to you that I consider it my responsibility to protect everybody at stake.
Footage of the incident is available below, but take care that it does not make for easy viewing.
This is not ok. The last 10 seconds are HORRIFIC. There are NO words to describe this behaviour. Barbaric is too mild. @KaizerChiefs fans, do not be surprised if broadcasters refuse to show your games live #BanTheFans pic.twitter.com/BpIDnTxFZo
— Cindy Poluta (@CindyPoluta) April 22, 2018
Don't let Steve Kompela's resignation distract you from the fact that Kaizer Chiefs fans (mostly men) beat up a female security guard until she was unconscious. #NedbankCup pic.twitter.com/payco4fQPM
— Rohula Black (@RohulaBlack) April 21, 2018