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Sundowns MD Hits Out At Refs 06/08/03
The Iron Lady of South African football, Sundowns managing director Anastasia Tsichlas, has come out fighting after the controversial Telkom Charity Cup final against Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend.

The Brazilians lost 1-0 to Chiefs thanks to a John Mosheau strike in the second half, but Tsichlas remains livid that an earlier goal from Daniel Mudau was ruled out for offside, though TV replay's suggested the match officials had got it wrong.

Tsichlas has now called on the South African Football Association to get tough on officials who perform below par in games, as is the custom in Europe.

"How many cup finals have we lost against Kaizer Chiefs in controversial fashion?" Tsichlas said on the club's official website. "Please do not get me wrong. I have nothing against Kaizer Chiefs. It is just that I find the whole thing very unfair to Sundowns.

"I have lost count of the number of times that we have been at the wrong end of the stick in terms of controversial decisions handed out to us. Moreover, I know the Chiefs supporters do not want to win in controversial fashion.

"It is really sad and tragic the way the situation has developed as far as the handling of our matches is concerned. It is equally unfair to the players as well because they work so hard in preparation for the competitions.

"In addition, think of the players who unfairly lose out on possible bonuses when they are denied a possible victory through no fault of their own. But like I said, we have lost far too many cup finals and the time has come for referees who commit silly mistakes like these to be suspended."

The Premier Soccer League have appointed their list of officials for the coming season, with a good crop of young referees and assistants being named.

The pressure on these match officials remains intense, with reports of bribery and intimidation rife in domestic football.

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