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Philips Blasts Referees 09/10/03
Premier Soccer League CEO Trevor Phillips has spoken up on the furor surrounding last weekend's controversial Coca-Cola Cup clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Santos and slammed refereeing in South African professional soccer as "inefficient, amateurish and disappointing."

Speaking to SASoccer365 on Thursday, 'The British Bull Dog' said he has seen television replays of Arthur Zwane's handball and is appalled that the referee missed it.

Chiefs sent Santos crashing out of the competition at the Athlone Stadium last Saturday via a golden goal from defender David Kannemeyer.

"If I spoke my mind it would be unprintable," said a deeply concerned Phillips about local referees.

"They are spoiling the image of the PSL with the decisions they have made. Why the ref for the Santos Chiefs game did not award a penalty is beyond me, he was in a good position to see what happened, it is unacceptable what he did, or what he did not do."

However the PSL's hand are tied by Safa and they are unable to do anything about the situation.

"Again the PSL has no say as to who can referee, or what disciplinary measures should be imposed when they make monumental errors.

"They will err from time to time but to make mistakes that are obvious and that cost clubs money is not acceptable.

"We've offered SAFA assistance in this department and I would like to have more say in this situation, but I don't."

The fiery Englishman said the ball was in Safa's court

"All refs fall under the auspices of SAFA so it is up to them to take control of this matter before it gets worse.

"I can't say whether the ref's are fit or not, but the game is faster and more technical, and they have to adapt to what is being done on the field of play."

Safa have indicated that they will investigate Enoch Radebe, the referee of the Santos/Chiefs clash.

However with both other Coca-Cola Cup games being undermined by questionable refereeing decisions any clean up of the system will need to be far more reaching.

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