In recent weeks, the DSTV Premiership has been embroiled in a controversy surrounding the perceived favoritism towards Mamelodi Sundowns, one of South Africa’s most prominent football clubs.
A group of passionate supporters has initiated a petition demanding fair play and an end to what they see as questionable refereeing decisions consistently benefiting Sundowns.
The Controversy Officiating Involving Mamelodi Sundowns
The controversy reached its zenith following a clash between Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, two football giants, during which several refereeing decisions left supporters and pundits alike in disbelief.
Key incidents included two potential penalty calls not awarded against Sundowns and a contentious opener by Peter Shalulile, which many argue should not have stood due to a violation.
At the time of writing this article, the petition had garnered over 1,500 signatures, reflecting the frustration and concern shared by a significant portion of DSTV Premiership supporters.
Click Here To Sign It: A Petition To Stop Referees To Stop Favouring Mamelodi Sundowns Week In And Week Out
The petition highlights a long-standing issue where one team seemingly benefits from referees’ questionable decisions, influencing the outcome of league and cup games.
Football Personnel In Shock
Prominent figures in South African football, including Victor Hlongwane, Ace Ngcobo, and Hlompho Kekana, have voiced their criticism of these refereeing decisions.
While fans question the lack of action taken by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in addressing the recurring problem.
Light Punishment For The Referees
Referees involved in such controversies often face suspensions but later return to officiate games, perpetuating the supporters’ sense of injustice.
The supporters’ petition emphasises the urgency for the PSL to take decisive action that ensures fair play and transparency.
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It questions the repeated suspensions without permanent bans for referees responsible for contentious decisions, citing the emotional toll on fans who must witness the same referees return to the field after a brief suspension.
The petition raises serious concerns about the authenticity of refereeing decisions and whether external influences are at play.
Foul Play Involved?
Supporters worry that their beloved sport is being manipulated and that some referees may be swayed by improper incentives.
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One of the most concerning aspects of the situation is the significant number of decisions that appear to have favored Sundowns early in the season, potentially giving them an unfair advantage over other clubs.
Supporters argue that no team should accumulate close to 9 points based on refereeing errors, and they demand that those responsible for these errors be permanently banned from officiating any football matches.
Call For Badi To Be Banned Indefinitely
In a bold move, the supporters not only call for the PSL to take immediate action, banning Luxolo Badi and other referees involved in controversial decisions but also urge the Minister of Sport to intervene and safeguard South African football from being monopolized by any single entity.
The situation has also drawn attention to the sponsorship of ABC Motsepe by SAFA, raising questions about potential conflicts of interest that may affect the fairness of the sport.