referee gets flak

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Moroka Swallows general manager Sipho Xulu is spewing bile over referee Buyile Gqubule, accusing him of being biased during his side's defeat by Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership game at the weekend.

Chiefs won that clash 3-1 at Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg on Sunday.

Xulu said he was sick and tired of Gqubule, who he claimed was taking progress that had been made in the game 20 years backward.

"The match officials are the No 1 enemies of progress. Until something is done to remedy the situation, our football is going to die a natural death," said Xulu.

"What happened in our game against Chiefs was a big step backward regarding the referee's questionable decisions.

"He awarded Chiefs a penalty that never was after Goodman (Mazibuko) fell on top of a Chiefs player (Siphiwe Tshabalala) on the edge of the penalty box.

"Mazibuko didn't touch that player, but we were amazed when the referee pointed to the penalty spot. A similar incident happened, this time in Chiefs' penalty area, when James (Chamanga) was tackled right on the edge of the box but the referee waved play on."

Xulu said he believed in fair play because at Swallows they fight for the points and did not get them on a platter.

Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung said they had written a letter of complaint to the league following what Swallows coach Ian Gorowa said on television after the game. Gorowa had said the referee was unfair because he wanted Chiefs in the top eight.

"By saying that he showed some disrespect for Chiefs and we demand an apology because this is a serious allegation.

"It is an insult to the club and we have already written a letter of complaint to the league. We're not going to take these allegations lightly and if a person has his own opinion about the game, he must not implicate other people."

Safa chairman of the national referees committee Kirsten Nematendani said they would look at the referee and the match commissioner's reports to see how Gqubule had performed.

"I don't comment on such things because what Xulu said is to put the league into disrepute.

"Swallows know the procedure."