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South African football has been marred by controversial refereeing decisions that have left fans and teams frustrated.

Orlando Pirates fullback Bandile Shandu handling a ball in his penalty box during the 2023 MTN8 final against Mamelodi Sundowns at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Erratic Officiating in Favour of Mamelodi Sundowns

The spotlight shines on referees as erratic officiating decisions often favor Mamelodi Sundowns, leaving other teams aggrieved.

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Kaizer Chiefs fans are still reeling from Luxolo Badi’s decision to deny them an obvious penalty in the MTN8 second leg, when Thapelo Maseko’s challenge on Mduduzi Mdantsane went unnoticed.

MTN 8 Final Drama

Abongile Tom’s officiating in the MTN 8 final added to the controversy.

Ronwan Williams‘ attempt to address a seemingly deflated ball led to confusion.

Tom’s handling of the situation could have had dire consequences, but Sundowns managed to avert disaster.

Missed Handball Incidents

Referees and their assistants have missed crucial handball incidents in recent matches.

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Bandile Shandu’s handball during a corner kick went unnoticed, leaving Sundowns bench frustrated.

Debates Over Fairness

Sundowns, a team that has benefited from referees’ errors in the past, now finds itself on the receiving end of controversial decisions.

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While some argue that Sipho Maboe was fouled, others point to a foul on Sipho Chaine by Peter Shalulile before the incident involving Maboe.

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