The manager with a silly little attitude

2012-08-04 18:55

‘Bobsteak’ goes berserk, reads officials the riot act

Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung has been accused of verbally abusing match officials by telling them that they are “nothing, useless and broke”.

“Bobsteak”, as he is known, apparently lost his cool as his club lined up against Orlando Pirates in the tunnel ahead of the two giants’ off-season clash. It is said that it took the intervention of his sister Jessica, the club’s marketing director, to stop Motaung’s silly little tirade.

The match officials alleged Motaung lost it when they pointed out that a Chiefs player was wearing a pair of tights that did not match, as per the Fifa rules, his shorts.

This did not go down well with the mighty “Bobsteak” who then read the officials the riot act and told them “it was just a friendly game and not a Fifa game”.

“We told him that rules are rules whether friendly game or not but he would not take that. He became abusive and personal.

"He was boasting about how they were doing us a favour by officiating in the game as we all failed the fitness test. We were offended by what he said,” said one official who did not want his name to be known.

The official added that because it was a friendly match, they did not know who to report the matter to as they didn’t even have to submit a match report.

When City Press called Motaung to get his side of the story, he was quick to acknowledge that indeed he had an altercation with the officials “due to a minor disagreement”.

He, however, said it wasn’t personal and malicious.

“Yes, I did speak my mind to them after we had a disagreement and it was in the heat of the moment but it was nothing personal. I am not an abusive person and I will take it like a man and apologise to them when I see them.”

Motaung said he respected what the officials were doing and wouldn’t have done anything to undermine their integrity.

“They have a job to do and I would not want to interfere with that. I just became emotional because of the atmosphere and I know I was out of line.”

Speaking to City Press, Jessica said it was unfortunate that the guys clashed but was hopeful it wasn’t just a matter of water under the bridge.

“I just hope it is resolved so we can move forward and have a good season,” she said.

At the time when Amakhosi were not performing well last season, “Bobsteak” angered club supporters when he boldly told members of the media that he wouldn’t vacate his position “because Chiefs was a family business”.

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