Cape Town - South African referees boss Andre Watson is in hot water after several officials voiced complaints against him.
According to the Sunday Times, a list of grievances was signed by 24 officials. This led to Watson attending a disciplinary hearing.
Some of the grievances are believed to be: verbal abuse, victimisation, Watson’s abrasive management style and financial impropriety.
The newspaper says 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 successful referees.
He officiated a record number of finals in the Rugby World Cup (2), Currie Cup (7) and Super Rugby (5).
He has been the Manager of Referees for the South African Rugby Union since 2011.