- Black Leopards chairperson David Thidiela will appear before a both the PSL’s executive committee and board of governors
- Thidiela has been accused of threatening referee Victor Hlungwani with violence
- A sound clip surfaced which seems to be Thidiela threatening Hlungwani on Sunday
Black Leopards chairperson David Thidiela will appear before the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) executive committee and board of governors to answer for his alleged threats of violence against referee Victor Hlungwani.
A sound clip surfaced which seems to be Thidiela threatening Hlungwani on Sunday after Black Leopards lost their premier league match against Bloemfontein Celtic.
The PSL released a statement in which it acknowledged that it had been made aware of the allegations against Thidiela. The PSL statement made it clear that the league distanced itself from any comments or utterances which have been reported.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the PSL said if the threats proved to be true they would represent a serious breach of the code of ethics to which all PSL teams and their members are bound.
Sport24.co.za reported that the PSL statement made it clear that the league wanted to provide Thidiela with the opportunity to give his side of the story and to respond to the matter in a free and fair manner.
The matter will be heard by the PSL’s board of governors and executive committee on 20 September.
Citizen.co.za reported that Thidiela has since revealed that any comments he made to Hlungwani came after he overheard the referee laughing about his own performance during the match.
Thidiela claims he overheard Hlungwani telling a reporter that it was not the best match in the world for the players or the officials all of who had missed some chances. He said the referee had been laughing at the time.
Thidiela vehemently denied he had verbally attacked Hlungwani based on the referee being a member of the Shangaan tribe.
Thidiela has since contacted Hlungwani to apologise for the incident.
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