Pitso in hot water with PSL for referee comments

Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane seems likely to be charged by the Premier Soccer League (PSL), after the soccer body on Monday sent an official request to the Mamelodi Sundowns head coach to admit to certain comments attributed to him on match officials.

"The Premier Soccer League (PSL) prosecutor has written to Mamelodi Sundowns and head coach Mr Pitso Mosimane in relation to the comments attributed to him on match officials last week," a PSL statement said.

"The League prosecutor has given Mr Mosimane five days to respond to the letters sent to him to either deny or admit the comments attributed to him in the media."

The 55-year-old made a series of comments in recent weeks regarding match officials when claiming that Absa Premiership leaders, Kaizer Chiefs, were "benefiting" from refereeing mistakes.

These comments led to a war of words with Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Ernst Middendorp - including a heated exchange on live TV - during their double-headed fixtures in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup and league, which were both won by the Soweto giants.

"They are under pressure. We are watching them. We are talking. We will complain. We will never keep quiet and say you are feeling jealous because they are winning. No, we say it the way it is," Mosimane said.

Mosimane took things even a step further when he said he'd be keeping a close eye on the upcoming Soweto derby in the Telkom Knockout this weekend.

"I want to see if the referees will make mistakes against Pirates. Let's see. Something has to give in now. I don't know if Pirates supporters will allow it.

"Something has to give in. You can't win every game by referees' mistakes. It must stop. It's enough. We have seen it before but now it's a series. It's a series."

Compiled by Baden Gillion

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