Kaizer Chiefs Ernst Middendorp can’t escape the growing controversies over Absa Premiership’s poor officiating, with the coach now saying the solution will not be VAR.
The series of debates over major incidents began in the middle of last month and have continued in every PSL match ever since. Many have included Chiefs, while Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns have also been involved.
The latest scene came last weekend in the Soweto derby. Samir Nurkovic’s legitimate goal was wrongly flagged offside, followed by Thembinkosi Lorch escaping a red card for a nasty stamp on Khama Billiat.
"Sometimes let it go, don't even think about it. I can only repeat the only solution is not communication, it's not VAR. The only solution as we are in the soccer industry is SAFA and the PSL and so on," Middendorp said via Kick Off.
"I've said it in 2015-16 and I was absolutely leading in this communication. I think I've done my job where other coaches are coming in to it. I paid for it, a lot of money.”
The German concluded with a clear suggestion that PSL officials should progress from doing the job part-time to become permanent full-time professionals.
"The only solution is professional match officials have to come in, meaning everybody is prepared and [officials] have a real target, focused as professional football players and coaches are, focused on officiating only,” Middendorp concluded.
Chiefs are now focused on a league game at Chippa United this Wednesday at 19:30.