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Pirates face sanctions over porridge attack

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Pirates face sanctions after a fan threw porridge at a match official

South African league leaders Orlando Pirates face possible sanctions and a heavy fine after a fan threw porridge at a match official.

The incident occurred during their clash with Golden Arrows in Durban last month.

Pirates are being charged with spectator misbehaviour and bringing the game into disrepute.

This was after one of their supporters lobbed a handful of stodgy porridge, which South Africans commonly eat with most meals, at the referee.

The incident came at the end of a comfortable away win for the Pirates.

In October last year, arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs were handed a suspended $72,630 fine after angry fans threw two plastic vuvuzelas and a cabbage onto the pitch during a cup tie to protest refereeing decisions.

The throwing of missiles onto the field by frustrated fans was a major problem in South African soccer for some time but has almost disappeared in recent years.

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