Hanging Judge | Attack on woman ref definitely offside

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Akhona Makhalima, performed with great composure and dignity in the face of a venomous and unwarranted verbal attack by unruly and thuggish players from both Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka FC. Photo: CAFwomen / Twitter
Akhona Makhalima, performed with great composure and dignity in the face of a venomous and unwarranted verbal attack by unruly and thuggish players from both Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka FC. Photo: CAFwomen / Twitter

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As this is the last blog of the year, I thought I’d be writing something more relaxing and festive. Sadly, because of despicable, disgusting and disgraceful behaviour by a few players, it’s not going to be the case.

The incident concerns a woman referee officiating in a DStv Premiership game that made me sick to my stomach.

When I read about this incident, I couldn’t contain myself. The anger in me boiled up so much that I had to resist putting my feelings into print at that time. I have somewhat calmed down somewhat, but my blood is still boiling.

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The referee in question, Akhona Makhalima, performed with great composure and dignity in the face of a venomous and unwarranted verbal attack by unruly and thuggish players from both Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka FC.

Typical of all bullies, they attempted to dislodge her from her position of authority granted by the Fifa laws of the game.

For those who may not be aware, law 5 states the following: 

Decisions will be made to the best of the referee’s ability according to the laws of the game and the ‘spirit of the game’ and will be based on the opinion of the referee, who has discretion to take appropriate action within the framework of the laws of the game.

It goes on to say: “The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including whether or not a goal has been scored and the result of the match, are final. The decisions of the referee, and all other match officials, must always be respected.”

Makhalima performed her duties to the best of her ability – that’s what the law requires.

Who are these players to question her? How many laws of the game do they know? Do they even know how many laws there are?

Then I read on Twitter that some people are saying that Makhalima “wasn’t disrespected, she was making dubious calls”.

What? What’s a dubious call?

Another says: “What must players do when the ref is doing nonsense?”

Who says she was doing nonsense? Do you know the laws of the game?

To prove my point above, another says: “I don’t understand the red card, she did not caution second time, or is it straight ref.”

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I think that last statement says it all. Again, to prove my point about players not knowing the laws is the comment where one individual thought that the captain has a right to speak to the referee. Well, let me enlighten you, and so that there is absolutely no misunderstanding, no one, and I mean no one, even the captain, has a right to question the referee or even be given a hearing from the man or woman in the middle.

If a captain or a player speaks to the referee, it’s at the discretion of the ref if he/she wants to accommodate that player. But to say that you, or your captain, has a “right” to question the ref, let me tell you in clear language that you’re bang out of order.

This referee suffered unnecessary and intolerable abuse from players who are supposed to be professional. It seems to me that the only part that professionalism plays is that they get paid.

A professional approach and attitude seems to have been sadly lacking.

Come on, guys. Try to be a little more understanding of the referee’s job.

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Please stay safe and well out there. This pandemic is not over yet. Protect yourselves and your families, and observe all medical and scientific advice. No one is safe until everyone is safe. Merry Christmas to everyone and thank you for reading my blog. See you in the new year.

Happy whistling!


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