Thi­diela in hot wa­ter over on-air tirade

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Black Leop­ards boss David Thi­diela has dared the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) to touch him.

The ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber of the Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) has been sum­moned to ap­pear be­fore the foot­ball gov­ern­ing as­so­ci­a­tion’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee on Jan­uary 20 for com­ments he al­legedly made about match of­fi­cials.

Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, the for­mer PSL chief of se­cu­rity be­haved in a “dis­or­derly man­ner [and] threat­ened and used dis­crim­i­na­tory words against a match of­fi­cial” dur­ing a Na­tional First Di­vi­sion (NFD) game be­tween Leop­ards and Royal Ea­gles on De­cem­ber 17.

Safa claims that ut­ter­ances Thi­diela made on ra­dio re­cently had brought the foot­ball gov­ern­ing body into dis­re­pute and breached its com­mu­ni­ca­tions pol­icy.

It was in De­cem­ber, while speak­ing on the Metro FM sports show, 083 Sports@6 with Robert Marawa, that Thi­diela said he was “sick and tired of cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties” hap­pen­ing in the NFD.

He told Metro lis­ten­ers he had writ­ten a num­ber of let­ters about the mat­ter to the as­so­ci­a­tion, to no avail.

Thi­diela has been charged with mis­con­duct and vi­o­la­tion of the dis­ci­plinary code of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

He will have to an­swer for bring­ing the game, Safa and all stake­hold­ers into dis­re­pute.

“By ig­nor­ing these rules and the spirit of the Safa statutes, you have dam­aged the rep­u­ta­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion and brought the game into dis­re­pute,” the charge sheet reads in part.

“Par­tic­u­larly in the light of the prej­u­dice and/or po­ten­tial prej­u­dice to the as­so­ci­a­tion, your con­duct or omis­sion was se­ri­ous, your ac­tions have brought the as­so­ci­a­tion into dis­re­pute, and you con­ducted your­self in a man­ner which prej­u­diced the ob­jec­tives and rep­u­ta­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion.”

De­spite the im­mi­nent dis­ci­plinary action, Thi­diela is not cow­er­ing and re­mains un­re­pen­tant.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­for­mant, he is pre­pared to take Safa on.

The source, who is close to Thi­diela, said the Leop­ards boss wanted to ex­pose cor­rup­tion that was al­legedly hap­pen­ing within the NFD, in­volv­ing match of­fi­cials. He would not be si­lenced.

But Farai Razano, Thi­diela’s lawyer, was reluctant to com­ment, say­ing the case was still pend­ing.

“It would be ir­re­spon­si­ble of us to run to the me­dia be­cause we do not want to pre-empt what could hap­pen,” a cagey Razano said.

“There is a process to fol­low. Let the case run its course.”

Safa’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Den­nis Mum­ble, was un­avail­able for com­ment by the time of go­ing to print.

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

UN­PER­TURBED Black Leop­ards boss David Thi­diela is un­per­turbed by Safa’s charges

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