Cape Town - Under-fire South African
referees boss Andre Watson is set to hear his fate at a disciplinary hearing
chaired by an independent arbitrator.
According to Netwerk24, the process is likely
to be concluded on Wednesday.
Meetings were already held with Watson last
month after complaints were laid against the former referee by members of the South
African Rugby Referees Association (SARRA).
At the heart of the matter was the
unhappiness of some SARRA members with Watson's management over the 11 years
that he has been in office.
The Sunday Times last month reported that a
list of grievances was signed by 24 officials.
Some of the grievances were believed to be:
verbal abuse, victimisation, Watson’s abrasive management style and financial
The newspaper said it was Watson's fallout
with senior referee Rasta Rasivhenge that galvanised the disenchanted. Watson
allegedly told Rasivhenge last year: “I'll f**k you up, I'll destroy you.”
Rasivhenge has since left South Africa to
pursue a refereeing career in Australia.
Watson, 56, was one of South Africa’s most
He officiated a record number of finals in
the Rugby World Cup (2), Currie Cup (7) and Super Rugby (5).