Johannesburg - Premier Soccer League referee Lwandile Mfiki says he will not quit
refereeing after escaping a near strike with a vuvuzela from a Kaizer
According to the football411.com website, Mfiki was officiating this weekend's goalless draw between Golden
Arrows and leaders Chiefs, which saw no fewer than seven yellow cards
and one red dished out.
The 32-year old referee sent off Amakhosi's dynamic midfielder
Reneilwe Letsholonyane, and also disallowed a goal for the Soweto
giants, which did not go down well with the partisan crowd.
A Chiefs supporter breached the security at the Moses Mabhida
Stadium and charged at Mfiki with a vuvuzela, although the ref managed
to avoid any harm with some quick evasive maneuvers.
As the perpetrator came around for a second attempt, the security guards got hold of him and dragged him out of the stadium.
According to news reports the assailant has appeared in court for his malicious actions.
"I saw him coming. The fourth assistant alerted me via our wireless communication, so I was ready," Mfiki told Football411.
"I saw him and ducked just as he hit, I did not get hurt and I was not going to run.
"Growing up in a township I saw these kinds of things happening in the street and in games, so it was not shocking to me.
"I'm going to continue refereeing, I love my job and I love the
game. People criticise me all the time as they do with most refs, and I
must take it, it is part of the job, but I won't leave because of this
"I gave a statement to the police after the game and more than
that I don't know, I heard there is a court case. All I know is that I
am available to ref."
Orlando Pirates coach Roger De Sa had vuvuzelas thrown at him at
the same venue after his side's recent 1-1 draw with AmaZulu, but Mfiki
says the instrument should not be banned.
The East London native said: "I grew up with it (the vuvuzela). It's part of football, it is part of our culture.
"I see nothing wrong with it, but maybe tighter security is needed now so that this won't happen again.
"But banning it? No."