ABSA Premiership referees are choking and in need of urgent help from Safa before disaster strikes.
This is the contention of Platinum Stars coach Steve Komphela, who feels his team was unfairly treated by Matthew Dyer and the other officials in charge of Stars' Absa Premiership match on Tuesday, which Chiefs won 1-0 from a penalty kick created and scored by Siphiwe Tshabalala.
"I pray that sanity prevails! They have painted Gavin Hunt, Manqoba Mngqithi, Roger De Sa and myself as people who complain for the sake of it. But these kids that are officiating?
"It's an absolute disgrace. I appeal to the people in charge to send us professional referees, please," said Komphela, whose miserable evening was capped when Dyer gave him a red card deep into the second half.
As an example of what he considers questionable quality, Komphela cited Peter Mabuza miscalculating and stopping a match between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs last month in Cape Town in the 38th minute.
"After Operation Dribble, they got rid of experienced referees, but the environment is too much for these poor kids," he said.
According to Komphela, just before Tshabalala was awarded a penalty, he had fouled Stars captain Stanley Kgatla, and when Dyer failed to blow the whistle he had expressed his displeasure to fourth official Thabo Nkosi, who told Komphela that "we will correct it".
"They allowed play to go on and then blew for a penalty seconds later. After the match, I tried to find out why I had been sent out, but (assistant referee) Lazarus Matela told me I had no right to speak to the referee. The league is going to have to admit that these people cannot cope."