Chicken Inn threaten PSL sus­pen­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

AG­GRIEVED Chicken Inn have threat­ened to ap­proach Fifa to sus­pend Premier Soc­cer League matches un­til there is nor­malcy in the ap­point­ment of ref­er­ees as well as a proper ref­er­ees’ struc­ture in place.

Presently, all ap­point­ments are be­ing done by the PSL sec­re­tar­iat.

Chicken Inn’s threat comes fol­low­ing ques­tion­able of­fi­ci­at­ing by Mid­lands ref­eree Thomas Massa in their 0-1 loss to FC Plat­inum. The Gweru of­fi­cial de­nied Chicken what ap­peared to be two clear penal­ties and even over­ruled his as­sis­tant in the sec­ond penalty in­ci­dent.

The as­sis­tant flagged a foul in­side the box and quickly ran to take his place for a Chicken Inn penalty, but Massa in­stead awarded a free kick out­side the box.

“As a foot­ball club, we re­serve the right to in­form Fifa through your of­fice to have the league sus­pended un­til proper struc­tures on ref­er­ees are put in place with the aid of Fifa and re­sume train­ing of the ref­er­ees,” read part of Chicken Inn sec­re­tary Tawenga Hara’s let­ter ad­dressed to Zifa vice-pres­i­dent Omega Sibanda.

Chicken Inn called for the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of Massa, who is al­leged to have told the Bu­l­awayo side that he did not need their money (as part of ref­er­ees fees) as he was given enough money to take him to the Mid­lands.

Sibanda con­firmed re­ceiv­ing the Chicken Inn let­ter, but said they were still car­ry­ing out in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“I am also wait­ing for the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee chairman Peter Dube’s re­port, but the in­ci­dent be­ing men­tioned by Chicken Inn hap­pened when I was there. I wit­nessed it, but I need an of­fi­cial doc­u­ment from the ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee,” said Sibanda.

Mean­while, some clubs are up in arms with the ced­ing of pow­ers to ap­point ref­er­ees to the PSL sec­re­tar­iat, which is a Zifa af­fil­i­ate.

A ref­eree told Chron­i­cle Sport that a re­cep­tion­ist at the PSL of­fices phones and in­forms them about their as­sign­ments.

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