Absa Premiership

SAFA: Ref Mfiki acted correctly

2013-04-22 20:36
Lwandile Mfiki (Backpage)
Johannesburg - The SA Football Association's (SAFA) referees review committee says match official Lwandile Mfiki made the right decision in sending off Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane in a league clash earlier this month.

A spectator struck Mfiki with a vuvuzela after Letsholonyane was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Tshepo Liphoko, during Chiefs' goalless draw against Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

"The review committee confirms that the decision to dismiss Reneilwe Letsholonyane of Kaizer Chiefs in that match, for serious foul play, was correct," the committee said in a statement on Monday.

VIDEO: Fan assaults referee with a vuvuzela

"The cautioning of Kaizer Chiefs' Tefo Mashamaite, in the first 25 seconds of the match set the tone for the proceedings of the tense game.

"It gave the referee a clear indication of what was to come." SAFA said the committee - Bruce Mphela, Steve Goddard, Frans Boshilo and Moses Hleza - viewed the recording of the match "extensively" and believed the referee had handled the match appropriately in a "hostile" environment.

"Mfiki should also have sent off Lucky Baloyi of Kaizer Chiefs, as his foul was a clear dismissal offence instead of a plain caution," the committee said.

"The match officials must be complimented on their calm approach to all the incidents throughout this match."

The attempted attack on Mfiki would be dealt with by the Premier Soccer League.

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