REVELATIONS of the possible bribing of match officials by unscrupulous clubs in the Castle League in Ekurhuleni have prompted some owners to call for a football bosberaad to discuss ways of dealing with the problem.
This follows news that 16 referees and their assistants at the weekend arrived to officiate at two crucial games featuring teams challenging for league honours and Vodacom Second Division promotion playoff spots.
Two sets of match officials arrived for the game between second-placed The Vardos and Watford Brothers at Actonville Stadium on Saturday while the day before log leaders Boksburg Guild saw 10 officials turning up for their game against Tin Cats.
Now, amid accusations of bribery and favouritism, some club officials believe only a bosberaad could deal with this issue in particular and others in general.
Alfred Mbhedzi, the chairperson of the referees' committee, agrees, while David Nhlabathi, the president of the region, is happy with the request.
"That's how we deal with things in our local football association in Vosloorus," Mbhedzi says.
"I believe it would be the right way to approach these issues. We will surely look into it."
Tin Cats' Jomo Ndlovu, who made the initial call, says: "I was thinking of quitting the game altogether after what happened at the weekend, but I worry about how the players are going to be affected.
"Some people seem to forget that the game is bigger than all of us and that it is the players who suffer most when officials are involved in match-fixing and other unsavoury deeds."
Vardos owner Sinky "Twalaza" Mnisi, office administrator Job Mchunu and Alex "Peace" Mathumetse also support the call for the indaba.