Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was clearly not impressed with the fourth official after his side played to a 1-1 draw with Polokwane City on Tuesday night.
Komphela felt the match officials weren't taking their job seriously, and also pointed to an incident involving one of the officials.
"I told the referee he was losing the match," Komphela was quoted as saying by Soweto Live.
"That is why when Yeye [Reneilwe Letsholonyane] got kicked I had to go on the field and intervene.
"We do not need that. Referees must be in control. We want to give them absolute power to take charge. That can only happen if they have the authority.
"Sometimes they take things lightly. You stand next to a fourth official and something happens and he is laughing. It happened tonight and you ask yourself if you are at a circus.
"We are at work here. People's lives are at stake here."
Amakhosi claimed the lead through Eric 'Tower' Mathoho's first-half header, but Polokwane rallied from behind the claim a share of the spoils, with Puleng Tlolane bagging the all-important equaliser.
Next up for Komphela's men is the second leg of their MNT8 semi-final clash with Bloemfontein Celtic at FNB Stadium on Saturday, August 29.
Kick-off is at 20:15.