Middendorp rants about refs

2011-03-03 10:52

Johannesburg - Ernst Middendorp has vowed to talk out against poor officiating until the Premier Soccer League acts to improve the standard.

The Maritzburg United manager was speaking after his side was beaten 3-1 by Orlando Pirates on Wednesday night and he made a passionate plea to the PSL to put an end to bad refereeing.

The men from the Midlands were denied a penalty in the second half by Harry Lekitlane after the ball appeared to hit Rueben Cloete's hand before he cleared on the goal line.

"What I'm asking for in this moment is that the league must show it to the public that the referees are under observation. It is time we do something about it. In this game (against Pirates) I know what I could have done if I was in the referee's uniform," he said.

The former Kaizer Chiefs coach, who was sent off by Daniel Bennett in their Telkom Knockout semi-final match against Pirates back in November, admits he is fed-up of the referees' poor judgement.

He said: "I have a different opinion in terms of some decisions. I think it was a hand ball (cleared by Cloete off the line). Pirates deserved to win, let's be fair, but had we got the penalty we could have gone 2-1 up and maybe the game could have ended differently.

"It was the same when we played Moroka Swallows last month. (The referee) was butchering the match. Swallows could have got five yellow cards and even Gordon Igesund had to take out some player to protect him from getting a yellow card, because he could see. We've had matches this side in Gauteng that are unbelievable - it is unbelievable.

"I have an impression that something is going on; we have to do something about it. I will not stop talking about it," Middendorp added.


  • Mzansisoka - 2011-03-03 11:19

    Does Middendorp suspect match fixing? If that is the case then those are very serious allegations. He said that they've had matches in Gauteng that are unbelievable - he has an impression that something is up... Refereeing in the PSL has been appalling. You have a referee of the season like Vuyile Qubule making unbelievable decisions. Some decisions are costing teams points and most of the teams that are getting a raw deal are lower ranked teams on the PSL table and some of them are without a budget. It can happen - there could be some match fixing issues within the PSL and I guess its teams with power and money that can resort to such a low route in search of silverware, but then those are serious allegations. Pirates play their heart out every week and I don't think they can resort to such. Just sour grapes for Middendorp but then more and more traning is needed for PSL refs - they are just terrible - Bennet is worse and Qubule is losing his touch!

      zayzo10 - 2011-03-04 08:41

      did u see pirates penalty against mpumalanga black aces?? there was no contact there and your gqubule awarded the penalty withouth hesitation and the match ended 1-0 to pirates..thus why tso stormed out and got a red card

  • kabo.j.masole - 2011-03-03 12:54

    Hard luck coach. These things happen in the game of football but they r not encouraged....

  • Afrocentia - 2011-03-03 13:31

    I have just seen the clip of the video of the ball that was handled by Cloete. No poor refereeing can be ascribed to such an obvious denial of a penalty. In fact, the ball also seems to have crossed the line. It is either match-fixing or bias refereeing.

      Dulile - 2011-03-03 14:31

      Afro, the ball either crossed the line or did not. Don't say it SEEMS... The rule reads that the entire circumference of the must cross the line. Did it or did it not?

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