LEFA sus­pends ref­er­ees

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Ref­er­ees Com­mit­tee has sus­pended three pre­mier league ref­er­ees for in­com­pe­tence and fail­ure to main­tain punc­tu­al­ity on match days.

This comes against the back­ground of com­plaints by sev­eral clubs about the poor per­for­mances of match of­fi­cials.

In a state­ment this week, LEFA said the trio, Ret­selisit­soe Molise, Mohlakola Kheren­chane and Male­fet­sane Tsokeli were sus­pended with ef­fect from 8 April for pe­ri­ods rang­ing from eight to ten months.

“Mr Molise is sus­pended for a pe­riod of eight months and the causes of sus­pen­sion range from in­com­pe­tence and fail­ing to main­tain punc­tu­al­ity to those games which he had been as­signed,” reads part of the LEFA state­ment is­sued on Tues­day.

“Mr Kheren­chane is sus­pended for ten months for hav­ing prej­u­diced fair play prin­ci­ples. Mr Tsokeli is sus­pended for eight months for fail­ing to at­tend matches to which he had been as­signed and for fail­ing to ap­pear be­fore the Ref­er­ees’ Com­mit­tee on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.”

The Ref­eree’s Com­mit­tee chair­man and LEFA sec­ond vice pres­i­dent, Rantsubise Ma- tete said Molise who is also in the Le­sotho panel of in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ees had been un­der the spot­light for con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sions in­clud­ing the match be­tween Li­oli and Mat­lama that was marred by crowd trou­ble.

A sup­porter was shot at the match and later died.

“In more than three of his matches, he awarded con­tro­ver­sial penal­ties where the match as­ses­sors did not agree with his de­ci­sions,” Matete said.

“He also re­ported late for a re­cent match be­tween Kick­4Life and Mat­lama where he also gave a con­tro­ver­sial penalty ac­cord­ing to the re­port of the match as­ses­sor. In another match be­tween Sandawana and LDF, he is said to have de­lib­er­ately de­nied the army side the chance of mak­ing a sub­sti­tu­tion.”

Matete said it was re­ported that Kheren­chane had been in con­tact with of­fi­cials of A di­vi­sion side, Man­gau FC prior to of­fi­ci­at­ing their game and gave them con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion.

This raised sus­pi­cions that he could have been in­flu­enced to swing the out­come of their match.

“In all these matches, we have as­ses­sors mon­i­tor­ing the per­for­mances of the ref­er­ees,” Matete said.

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