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Dumitru blasts Sundowns 02/08/04
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru has blasted Sundowns following the Chloorkop side's 5-4 penalty win over the Amakhosi in the Telkom Charity Cup at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Chiefs beat Black Leopards 2-0 to progress to the final, while the Brazilians beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the second semi-final.

However, Sundowns left the stadium immediately after their match to return to their hotel before returning at 16h30, which was the scheduled kick-off time for the final and thus resulted in the final being delayed.

Premier Soccer League chief executive Trevor Phillips was furious with the Sundowns management team, lashing out at them moments before the players ran onto the pitch.

"They knew about the kick-off time and yet never bothered to tell anyone about their plans. The match was delayed for no explanation and the supporters and television were inconvenienced. Sundowns broke the rules and the fact that the supporters and officials were not shown any respect is really sad," Dumitru told the Kaizer Chiefs website.

"Changes in kick-off times for the semifinals were communicated to all participants and agreed upon. And it was also agreed that kick-off for the final would remain the same. According to the rules of the game, if the opposition team does not show up after 10 to 15 minutes, they lose the match. But why this rule was not followed in this case in unclear."

Dumitru is also calling for the PSL to get involved and severely punish Sundowns for their ill-discipline.

"The PSL have to do something drastic about that to ensure that no other team will ever repeat that embarrassment in future," added Dumitru.

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