Thidiela apologises to ref for tribal remarks

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According to SAFA, Thidiela's utterances on Sunday were a "flagrant abuse of the match official, an attack peppered by open tribal undertones".

The national footballing association today announced they would institute disciplinary measures against Thidiela.

The PSL said they would discuss the matter on Thursday and take action if need be.

Thidiela has since responded to the backlash, insisting he is remorseful.

"I spoke to Mr Hlungwani," Thidiela tells KickOff.com.

"I am very sorry about the incident. I have sent my sincere apology to him.

"I am very sorry about the incident."

Thidiela also released an official statement apologising to the football community in the country.

It reads: 'Please accept my apology for what happened on Sunday after the game between Black Leopards and Bloemfontein Celtic at Thohoyandou.

'It was not my intention to cause any damage or inconvenience. In retrospect I believe that the situation resulted from my view that some decisions which the referee took were not acceptable and having disappointed in front of supporters of the club.

'While this is by no [means an] excuse of [the] utterances to Mr Hlungwani who I referred [to] as Shangaan, I had [by] no means intended to be tribal on the matter and have always regarded him [with] high regard and [as] a homeboy.

'I would like to apologise sincerly to Mr Hlungwani, his refereeing team, all supporters of Black Leopards and football as a whole, the Premier Soccer League, the board members, sponsors of the league, South African Football Association, the Tsonga community and everyone involved in football.

'I condemn tribalism and in my comments I had no intention to cause tension or to derogate against Mr Hlungwani as a Tsonga person and the Tsonga community as a whole.

'I have disappointed supporters and the football community and I apologise to everyone.'

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