Refs In Hot Water After SSU/Wits Decisions?
The officials involved in last night’s game between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits might find themselves in a bit of trouble following some controversial decisions in the encounter.
SuperSport captain, Dean Furman, is set to miss the rest of the season following a red card that was shown to him by referee, Phelelani Ndaba, while Wits were denied a clear goal at 1-1 as they chased a winner, with Terrence Dzvukamanja’s goal incorrectly being chalked off.
Both head coaches, Kaitano Tembo and Gavin Hunt, will feel aggrieved with decisions in the game that went against them, with Furman being given his marching orders despite being elbowed by Haashim Domingo, and Dzvukamanja’s effort clearly crossing the goalline.
Furman was seen storming down the tunnel after he he was given a yellow for a challenge on Domingo in which he caught an elbow to the fact, and then a second yellow for remonstrating with Ndaba about his first.
The ref had Mduduzi Thwala and Abel Maphutha as his linesman on the night, and correctly referred to his colleague regarding Dzvukamanja’s goal after he had been set up by Sifiso Hlanti, but it was decided that the ball didn’t cross the line and it remained 1-1 until the game ended.
According to Siya sources, the match commissioner for the game – Stan Swart – was less than pleased with the situation, and a report will be filed on the match that could see the performance of the officials reviewed by the South African Football Association’s referees’ review committee.
In the past, SAFA have sanctioned officials for what have been deemed as poor performances, by either suspending them or demoting them to games outside of the Absa Premiership.
When contacted for comment, SAFA's Head of Referees Department, Tenda Masikhwa, told the crew, “Let us wait for the Review Committee to review the match and come up with recommendations.”
The review committee meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays.