Mamelodi Sundowns ate still being slammed for the events that happened on Saturday.
Several people expressed dissatisfaction and disappointment in Sundowns.
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic expressed shock and disappointment at the manner in which they were received by Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday.
Upon arrival at the stadium, Pirates’ support staff were then denied entrance to the stadium in what was seen as an attempt to unsettle the camp as they couldn’t get their equipment onto the pitch and into the dressing rooms.
Then, midway through the first half a Sundowns supporter stormed towards Mokwena on the Bucs bench as a heated exchange followed, with Pitso Mosimane having also leaped to the unruly fan’s defence.
“This great institution that has been behind us Mamelodi Sundowns, we have been extremely shocked and disappointed because this is not a gesture of a big club,” said ‘Micho’ post-match.
“When supporters do something and fire shots in this and that way, and create their own way, then you can understand because every supporter has a right to his opinion.
“But, when an official [running Sundowns’ Twitter account] … I believe Mr Motsepe is not proud of the way [things were handled] because it is abuse of the institution when you are [showing] who is boss, and who is this and that.
“It is very, very, very unfortunate. This is not the way to communicate. I want to tell you openly, in my life I have passed and been involved in many things, and I’ve learnt one very important lesson – it is not important what is being said, but who is saying it.
“It is important that before the match Mr Motsepe escorted us to the field as a gentleman, and before and after the match we had saluted Pitso [Mosimane] and the rest of the players. This is where we are happy with.
“But on the other side, it was very unfortunate that all these things happened before when we were supposed to be focusing on the football.”
“The fact that this happened means that we have really gone miles up from where we had been. The way they received us through their doors, on Twitter and other issues, I believe we have positioned ourselves very well.
“We shall still compete and have respect for our opponents, and I would say though Sundowns are three matches behind, Champions League and travelling is coming so we know things are going to get tough still.
“This was just one battle in the long war until the end of the season. We are happy and always motivated to play against top teams likes Sundowns, and we count this point as a good step in the right direction to be even much stronger.”