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Wits Demand Action Against Gould And Mfiki

Bidvest Wits have revealed that they have written to the PSL and SAFA demanding that disciplinary action be taken against both Morgan Gould and match official, Mr Lwandile Mfiki.

Gould was surrounded by controversy after he seemed to have punched Getaneh Kebede during their league clash at the weekend – an incident which went unpunished in the game.

The defender apologised on Twitter following the game, saying that it was a “freak accident” but Bidvest Wits have confirmed that they will take the matter further.

The club released a statement which read, “Bidvest Wits have confirmed that, arising from the incident which took place in the 60th minute of this weekend's ABSA Premier League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Wits, they have written to both the PSL and SAFA demanding that immediate and exemplary disciplinary action be taken against both Kaizer Chiefs centre back, Morgan Gould, as well as match official, Mr Lwandile Mfiki, respectively.

“Wits and Getaneh Kebede also reserve their rights to take such other legal steps as may be available to them as a result of this incident.”

Chief Executive Officer, Jose Ferreira, added in the statement, "We have had an opportunity to review the video evidence as well as the match commissioner's report, and we demand that disciplinary action be taken, not only against the Kaizer Chiefs player, Morgan Gould, for the brutal assault of our player, but equally important to us, against the match official, Mr Lwandile Mfiki.

“In so far as the match official is concerned, we have asked the South African Football Association to take action against Mr Mfiki for his failure to send Morgan Gould off for violent conduct.

“At Bidvest Wits, we have a reputation for not formally complaining about poor officiating, but we feel that we have kept quiet for far too long and that we need to take formal steps against the persistent and continuous poor refereeing decisions in the Premier Soccer league.

“As a club we understand and respect that match officials have a very difficult task and the nature of the job is such that they will always make mistakes. But increasingly, the performances of our match officials in PSL matches have deteriorated to unprecedented levels. 

“This situation is intolerable for us and accordingly, going forward, we will be formally demanding that action be taken against match officials, whenever we feel it is justified and as often as necessary, as opposed to keeping silent on these issues."

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