Absa Premiership

SuperSport v Wits officials could face disciplinary action

Dean Furman (Gallo Images)
Dean Furman (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The officials in Saturday's 1-1 draw between SuperSport United and Bidvest Wits could face disciplinary action after match commissioner Stan Swart filed a report to the South Africa Football Association (SAFA).

In the Absa Premiership clash Wits saw a goal not awarded after the ball had clearly crossed the line on television replays, whereas SuperSport captain Dean Furman was handed what appeared to be a harsh red card.

In a scrap with Haashim Domingo, Furman appeared to be elbowed and it was his reaction to that led to a yellow card. After his protestations were deemed too inflammatory, the central midfielder then got his marching orders.

The referee Mduduzi Thwala and his linesman Abel Maphutha were the two figures involved in the controversy and they could now face strong action after Swart filed a report to the South African Football Association's referees' review committee.

Poor performances by officials in the past has led to demotion or suspension. SAFA's Head of Referees Department, Tenda Masikhwa, told Soccer Laduma a decision could be reached soon

He said: "Let us wait for the Review Committee to review the match and come up with recommendations."

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