Safa completes ref probe

The association urged clubs to follow the right channels when complaining about match officials.

Sundowns logo. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Dennis Mumble on Friday confirmed he received a complaint from Mamelodi Sundowns over the conduct of officials during a Premier Soccer League (PSL) game.

The Pretoria outfit filed the complaint after comments allegedly made by the referee during their game against Ajax Cape Town on 17 September.

The referee allegedly asked the fourth official "are you with us or with Sundowns" as the teams were about to return to the field after the break.

Mumble confirms they have investigated the complaint.

Officials are now waiting for a response from Sundowns.

"We have received a single complaint. We have investigated the complaint and we've responded to Sundowns. I'm not going to give any more details because whatever has been said still needs to be substantiated. I'm waiting for Sundowns to respond to my letter."

In a separate incident, referee Daniel Bennett was criticised following his performance during the MTN8 semi-final between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

Chiefs chairperson Kaizer Motaung joined coaches Stuart Baxter and Roger de Sa in lashing out at the official for his performance.

Mumble reiterated that clubs who complain about officials need to speak to them directly rather than making statements through the media.

"Those clubs need to write to us to tell us specifically what their problems are. We cannot afford to have our affiliates deal with us through the media. They are just incorrect to make statements about referees without telling us about it."