Refs 'making a mockery' of PSL

2011-09-19 19:00

Johannesburg - Referees are influencing the outcome of games in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Bidvest Wits coach Roger de Sa charged on Monday.

De SA said the whistlemen had a hand in the outcome of five of his club's league matches this season, including their 0-0 draw against Free State Stars on Sunday.

"The situation is quite sickening," said De Sa.

"We have gained a modest five points from our five matches and find ourselves in 11th place in the log.

"But had we not suffered from refereeing mistakes, we might easily have doubled this tally."

De Sa said it was "heartbreaking" for the players to hold their own against a quality team like log leaders Kaizer Chiefs and end up on the losing side - with refereeing decisions being the difference between the two teams.

"Whether it's incompetence, intimidation or whatever I don't know but it's making a mockery of the log table," De Sa said.

"I don't think it is only Wits who are suffering. For example, I'm told Pirates should have been awarded two clear penalties in the derby against Chiefs over the weekend.

"To add insult to injury, when Pirates' Bongani Ndulula was upended when in a promising position to score, he was handed a yellow card for feigning an infringement.

"Chiefs might have deserved their 2-1 win on the day, but the result is soured when mistakes of this dimension are made by the referee."

Eleventh-placed Wits next play beleaguered AmaZulu, with new coach Roger Palmgren, at the helm for the first time, at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday.


  • Kaapie - 2011-09-19 19:45

    Everybody thinks about their pocket

  • mjoint - 2011-09-19 19:45


      CITIZEN - 2011-09-20 06:10

      mjoint DE SA is not a sore loser how can you trip someone make no effort for the ball and go and score while the stupid ref is infront of this foul i think is high time they investigate refs again and where is the report that molefi oliphant was sitting on

  • Rodney_M - 2011-09-19 19:48

    When the country's 'best' referees repeatedly fail FIFA fitness tests and the remainder feign myopia whenever it suits them, there is only one plausible expalnation, Roger. BROWN ENVELOPES

  • Setshutshu - 2011-09-19 22:18

    I said it before, and I'm still saying it, first it was Hlongwani, then whoever his name is who was officiating the derby, they are either incompetent, power hungry, or on the take. Whenever I comment about this, people shy away from it, now Roger de Sa has also experienced it, I wonder what the PSL is saying now. These games are turning into a mockery and we are going to be the laughing stock, if these referees continue as they please. We really need to introduce interactive technology when it comes to this games, not just the two-way radios that they use, and challenge their decisions right there after the infringement. Its done in tennis, why can't it be done in soccer, or are we waiting for fifa to dictate it? They really don't care, whatever goes suits them fine, they still collect, and that's it. SAFA could be the first to introduce it, and the world will follow. We have big screen lcd's at each sports venue, but we only use them to entertain the crowd, while they can be used to replay the infringement. Whenever we talk about this, people think we are sore losers, not knowing that their turn will come, when the envelope is against them. Is this fair play?

  • OLIBO - 2011-09-19 23:05

    I agree with Roger. Even Syslvester Ndaba admitted on SABC 1 Coca Cola Soccer Zone that Fatboy Gqubule cost Pirates the game by denying Ndulula a clear penalty. I'm surprised SAFA / PSL management appointed Gqubule who, a few weeks ago, could not even on the field - remember the MTN semi-final. You can send your complaints to Adeel Carelse at

  • Ndaba Qinisile - 2011-09-19 23:15

    One would not take the blame for thinking that these "so-called" mistakes by refs are in fact deliberate with express intention to influence the result of the game. Such conduct should be visited by the ref being sidelined, whether the mistake seem genuine or what. The fact that he did not make the correct decision should copme to revisit the referee and hit him where it matters most - in his pocket. Refs are the reason for many a fight involving fans.

  • Daddy - 2011-09-20 06:38

    What's new? We see it everytime in the EPL too! That goal Man U scored against Chelsea was scored from an off side position. This is not a SA problem but a football problem. I remember last year when Pirates were given dubious penalties and De Sa, where were you? Lastly the PSL should take action against you for bringing the game to disrepute.

      Taurus 11 - 2011-09-21 11:57

      Please explain to me the offside law

  • YES - 2011-09-20 06:57

    The point raised is valid and it's good that it is not raised from Pirates otherrwise it would make them crying babies. Apart from chiefs having to winning by all means necessary, however, it is doews not bode well of our football administration that the middle man should be a key to such an outcome. It stifles competition and contribute to standard of football in the country. Yes, i agree with sentiments that relevant authority must investigate such incidents and take action against those involved. Despite a win against Pirates, I don't think chiefs fans and players are proud of the results.

      Daddy - 2011-09-20 07:01

      You got it wrong, we are proud and we played a good game. In future look at the decisions that go in favour of your team too!!!!

  • Nakedi - 2011-09-20 07:42

    I have been watching a number of games this season and I agree with Roger on this one. People should forget their teams and look at the problem at hand. There has been a lot of these questionable decisions lately and it is a great concern because our standard of football will eventually decline. We were making good progress in terms of the advancement of our football but these officials are going to reverse these gains. A good example is the loss to our under-23 this past weekend. A player who clearly played the ball was adjudged to have fouled an opponent that resulted in a penalty that cost SA the gold medal. The whole country lost due to the officials and it starts with a local team losing a local game.

  • Michael - 2011-09-20 08:45

    what is roger implying here,chiefs are always given an advantage or may be i don't understand what he is up to.stick to your coaching and shut the hell just because you are afraid that your contract might be terminated.Remember refrees are just human like you.

  • Bottles - 2011-09-20 09:21

    I agree with Roger Referees are causing problems, I was watching the Soweto Derby and Pirates would have win that gae if the referee didnt play them. After they realise that they were playing with the referee not Chiefs it pulled them down and I believe they just accepted that they have lost the game already, those penalties were clear. PSL should look at this as it will kill our soccer. Mabodhlela

  • Patty - 2011-09-20 10:44

    My point is that the standard of refereeing in south africa is very poor this is coming from a Chiefs Fan and Loyal football supporter if one takes for instance the Benni "red card" we could say that the Referee acted more egotistically than by the rule of the book. Secondly if this wkend's derby was an international game or an EPL or La Liga game Jali would've been cautioned before the first goal(just for an accumulated number of fouls) and i understand how it is seen that some of our Refs have "Failed"9i put in inverted comma's because it has not been confirmed. but Jerome Damon or Daniel Bennet Should ref most the big games. but i think that some of the referee's get it right more than wrong its just that we cannot say how they interpret their decisions. there should be a rating system for all referee's Like for the players if the ref has a bad game he must be forced to go ref a national div match or 2 until he has rectified his mistakes. Ref's should be as fit if not fitter than the players That is All for now

  • frederick.s.phadime - 2012-10-23 17:46

    Rise khosi Rise

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