Sun. Sep 20th, 2020

Middendorp questions refereeing standards as Chiefs are held

Ernst Middendorp, coach of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on the 27 April 2019 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePixKaizer Chiefs have now gone six league matches without a victory, following their 1-1 draw with Free State Stars in Mbombela on Saturday.

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It was yet another frustrating outing for Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp, as his side were held to a 1-1 draw by the struggling Free State Stars on Saturday.

The result saw Amakhosi’s winless streak stretch to six league matches, and rendered them unable to improve on seventh place with one match remaining in their league campaign.

This was largely thanks to yet another uninspired performance, which saw them fall behind inside the first ten minutes after the break, before Daniel Cardoso pulled them back level from the penalty spot just after the hour mark.

Speaking to Supersport after the match, Middendorp did not only express disappointment at his charges’ poor showing, but also that of the match officials.

I think the referees are another discussion. They should have given us the penalty, first half on Khama Billiat.

He didn’t and this one he gave and perhaps he shouldn’t have given it. It’s a little bit confusing for everyone. I think there were decisions where we should all look again and ask is this the right standard?
“But it’s not to blame for from our side, we have to do better and do right in the near future.”

Ernst Middendorp

PSL referees come under fire once more

Middendorp’s comments were just the latest in a series of criticism that has been thrown in the direction of PSL match officials throughout the season, with Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy and Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits among the more vocal critics.

Earlier in the week, the South African Football Association (Safa) acted against five officials whom it deemed to have performed poorly in recent months.

Chiefs next travel to Port Elizabeth, where they conclude their PSL campaign against Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, before shifting their focus to the all-important Nedbank Cup final, where they will be facing first-division outfit TS Galaxy at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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