Mato breaks silence on Pitso controversy


High-ranking official Mato Madlala has offered her views on the issue of the standard of refereeing in the PSL in the light of recent developments.

After a series of events involving match officials during recent matches of Kaizer Chiefs, as well as questionable decisions in other matches, tensions started to grow as Pitso Mosimane made his feelings known in a series of statements.

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The Mamelodi Sundowns coach suggested Chiefs were benefitting from refereeing decisions, specifically referring to their 2-0 win over AmaZulu when two Usuthu goals were ruled out.

Those tensions boiled over on the weekend as Chiefs scored what appeared to be an offside goal in their 2-0 win over Sundowns, with Mosimane again taking aim at the referees and Amakhosi.

Mosimane has been summoned by the PSL to answer for his comments in what will inevitably lead to a misconduct charge.

Meanwhile, SAFA's Referees Review Committee has since released a statement saying Samir Nurkovic's goal against The Brazilians was the correct decision and there was no offside.

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PSL acting CEO Madlala shared her thoughts on the officiating and condemned the comments made about officials, and hopes it won't happen again this weekend.

"I know what has been in the media, especially this week, the 'buckle up' and the referees," Madlala said at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday.

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"The referees are human. You know at times when you look at the game and you can see that it's human mistakes, it's all human error, and I hope this weekend there will be less of those."

On the Nurkovic goal decision of SAFA's review committee, the acting CEO did not want to talk too much about it.

"I don't want to get into that. I don't have VAR so I cannot comment on it but if that's what they're saying, they are the experts in terms of refereeing," Madlala added.

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