- The Premier Soccer League has suspended David Thidiela from his position on the executive committee
- Thidiela stands accused of making verbal threats against referee Victor Hlungwani
- The league has referred the matter to its prosecutor
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has suspended Black Leopards FC owner and chairperson David Thidiela from his position on the PSL Executive Committee. The PSL announced the decision late on Thursday after its Board of Governors (BoG) met in Johannesburg.
Thidiela stands accused of making verbal threats and tribal references against referee Victor Hlungwani after Black Leopards lost their PSL match against Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend.
The matter has been handed over to the PSL’s prosecutor Nande Becker for urgent investigation and possible legal action.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Board of Governors decided to place Thidiela on precautionary suspension from his role on the executive committee until Becker had concluded his work and the matter is brought to a close.
TimesLive.co.za reported that Thidiela can be heard threatening Hlungwani in a leaked audio clip. He tells the referee that he allows mistakes to happen but what had taken place on the field during the match was not a mistake.
“I’m giving you the last warning. You come here at your own risk.”
In the immediate aftermath of the clip being leaked on social media, the PSL distanced itself from Thidiela and said it would investigate the matter and give Thidiela the chance to make his case before the Board of Governors before making a decision.
Thidiela has since issued an apology for his remarks and said he had heard Hlungwani laughing about his own performance while speaking to a soccer scribe.
Thidiela said he overheard Hlungwani tell the reporter that the match was riddled with mistakes from both players and match officials.
Thidiela has also made a public apology to Hlungwani and asked the referee if they could put the incident behind them and move forward like professionals.
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