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Dumitru - Kaizer Chiefs Was Abused 11/04/05
Kaizer Chiefs manager Ted Dumitru has hit out at the 'vicious attitude' of the match officials his team found themselves confronted by during the 4-0 loss in Tunisia to Esperance on Saturday night.

The Amakhosi conceded two early penalties, which knocked the wind out of the team's sails and put them on the back foot for the rest of the game.

However, according to the Chiefs website, the spot kicks were 'two imaginary penalties', which should never have been awarded.

Apparently the referee, who was from Egypt, continued to blow in favour of the home side throughout the game, at times ignoring his lines-men's calls, while also turning down a penalty appeal after Collins Mbesuma was brought down inside the box.

Dumitru admitted that Esperance's third and fourth goals were legitimate, but pointed out that the two penalties conceded have now made it almost impossible for Chiefs to win the tie.

"There is a big difference in coming back from a 4-0 loss than from a 2-0 loss, which in the worst-case scenario after tonights game, should have been the case," the 'Professor' said after the game.

He continued: "It is another sad day for African soccer and unfortunately Kaizer Chiefs was abused by the vicious attitude of the referees.

"It was impossible to recover psychologically after the first 10 minutes of the game. It took time for us to recharge and regain confidence and it was during that time that the 3rd goal was scored. After that and until the final whistle, we dominated the game but could not score."

Ajax Cape Town have also had their fair share of trouble on the road - during their trip to Burkina Faso, the team had to endure sub-standard accommodation and poor transport, while the game itself was delayed by a day.

During the match officials attempted to take away Moeneeb Josephs' asthma pump, while they were also subjected to some shockingly biased refereeing decisions. After the match Josephs and Bageta Dikilu were reported to have scuffled with the referee, and now the pair face bans of six months and a year respectively.

Then during the return leg in Cape Town, the Burkina Faso side took to the field wearing Bafana Bafana tops after their kit had clashed with that of the Urban Warriors.

Dumitru pointed out that these sort of incidents are harming the image of the beautiful game on the continent.

"This is a huge set back for African football in its attempt to gain international credibility," he said.



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