The SA Football Association (Safa) has condemned Black Leopards chairman David Thidiela’s alleged verbal attack on referee Victor Hlungwani and has undertaken to take disciplinary steps against him. The National Soccer League (NSL)‚ which administers the Premier Soccer League, has also undertaken to take disciplinary steps against Thidiela once he has had a chance to respond to the accusations against him at an executive committee (exco) and board of governors meeting on Thursday. Social media Safa‚ which administers refereeing in SA‚ said on Tuesday it was "disappointed" by Thidiela’s "flagrant abuse of the match official‚ an attack peppered by open tribal undertones". An audio clip of Thidiela’s alleged abuse of Hlungwani following Leopards’ 1-0 Premiership defeat against Bloemfontein Celtic at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday has done the rounds on social media. On the audio clip Thidiela is heard threatening Hlungwani and making tribal references. Safa condemned "in the strongest t...

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