Ernst Middendorp: Everyone benefits from referees


Kaizer Chiefs head coach Ernst Middendorp says he does not agree with the perception that his team are the biggest beneficiaries of poor match officiating in the Premier Soccer League.

The PSL has been marred by some dodgy decision-making by both referees and assistant referees in the past few weeks.

While Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has been the most vocal in calling out referees and pointing out that Chiefs are the ones who seem to be benefiting the most, Middendorp feels people need to let it go as everyone in the league benefits.

“I am not agreeing with what you are saying despite this notion being pumped into the public about benefiting. Who is benefiting? Pirates, Sundowns, Highlands Park, Black Leopards or other teams? Benefiting it happens it’s normal”

The German mentor has also suggested how the hullabaloo can be fixed.

In the video below, the German also reflected on how his team played against Pirates.

“But as I said and I will repeat,  sometimes let it go don’t even think about it, I only can repeat I think the only solution is not communication, is not VAR (video assistant referee),” he continued.

“I have said it in 2016, I was leading in this regard and I think I have done my job and other coaches come into it, I think the only solution is the professional match officials have to come in. Meaning everybody has to come in professionally just like soccer coaches or players,” added Middendorp.

The PSL has also come down hard on coaches who have been critical of match officials.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy and Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela are some of the coaches who have been summoned by the PSL to explain their criticism of referees.

By Ofhani Munyai

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