A WEEK hardly goes by without the controversy from the referees in the PSL.
And by many accounts, there seems to be no permanent solution to the refereeing fiasco plaguing the game, with dubious calls often a great source of controversy.
But Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp reckons referees should be made professional.
In fact, the German is baffled at the fact referees are not employed full-time, despite the growth of the PSL into a multi-million rand organisation.
Again, there was controversy when Chiefs knocked Orlando Pirates out of the Telkom Knockout with 4-2 penalty victory (2-2 after extra time) in their quarter-final Soweto derby at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
“The only solution is not communication. The only solution in this industry is for Safa/PSL to make referees professional,” said Middendorp.
“Everybody is really focused as a professional. Like a professional soccer player. This issue, we are addressing it wrong.”
This is not the first time Middendorp has called on the league to employ referees on a full-time basis.
“I said this in 2016, and I was absolutely right leading (debate) into this direction,” said Middendorp.
“I think I’ve done my part where other coaches have come in. Professionally is the only way to make them better.”
Referee Jelly Chavani had a hard time on Saturday, failing to send off Pirates star Thembinkosi Lorch after he stomped on Khama Billiat’s leg.
He was let down by his assistant Zakhele Siwela when he flagged Samir Nurkovic offside, with the replays showing that the Serbian striker was on-side when he scored.
Many felt it was uncharacteristic of highly-rated Siwela, who was the country’s only representative at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
There were eyebrows raised when Daniel Akpeyi was not shown red when he pulled Fortune Makaringe’s jersey in the 46th minute, after the Chiefs ‘keeper denied the midfielder a goal-scoring opportunity.
“This thing that we are benefitting. Who is benefitting? asked a baffled Middendorp.
“Pirates? Sundowns? Highlands Park? Black Leopards? Probably Chiefs, are benefitting. It happens. It is normal. Let it go.”