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Motaung Calls For Balanced Views 13/10/03
Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung openly admits that there is a problem with the standards of refereeing in this country, but also points out that his club is being unfairly named as being a major beneficiary of the poor decisions which are taking place.

"We have always expressed the view that refereeing in our country is lagging behind and not in line with latest developments in the game," Motaung said in his column on the Chiefs website.

The Amakhosi MD is also unhappy with the negative press his club is receiving from the media, especially from the weekly highlights show on Monday nights, and is quick to draw attention to the fact that Chiefs have been on the receiving end of a number of bad decisions themselves, which have gone unnoticed.

"It must be noted that Kaizer Chiefs have suffered a lot as a result of poor refereeing. Just last season, a goal scored from a corner kick by Kelvin Mushangazhike in our game against Bush Bucks was disallowed and adjudged to be a goal kick when in fact the ball had gone in. The incident was seen by millions on television but no one made a big issue about that.

"Again you go back to last years Coca-Cola Cup where we were dealt a terrible blow in a game that was characterised by a lot of questionable decisions. Two decisions went against us and that cost us the game.

"I can go on and count other matches when decisions went against us and even clear penalties not awarded because of the same perception that we always benefit unjustly. We suffer a great deal as a result of this."

Motaung, does, however, concede that poor refereeing is spoiling the game in our country, and feels that the standard of referring is not in line with the standard of soccer in the Premier Soccer League.

"Needless to say, I am not condoning bad refereeing. This is a key issue and something drastic needs to be done to remedy the situation. But the perception that Chiefs always benefit from poor decisions is off the mark."

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