<vote /> Reigning Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League champions, Chicken Inn Football Club have accused Midlands Province referee Thomas Masaa, of biased officiating in the match they lost 1-0 to FC Platinum on Saturday.
In a letter addressed to Zifa vice-president Omega Sibanda and copied to the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Chicken Inn secretary Tavengwa Hara said Masaa deliberately ignored the laws of the game and called for his suspension pending investigations over unfair handling of the match.
Chicken Inn allege that Masaa denied them two clear penalties in that match and in one of the incidents opted to give them a free-kick without even consulting his assistant Oscar Bume, who had signalled for a penalty in favour of them.
In the letter Hara writes,
Our complaint is on our match against FC Platinum on July 23 2016 at White City Stadium in Bulawayo officiated by Thomas Masaa from Midlands. First and foremost, is that the concerned referee be suspended from being appointed to handle any Zifa-sanctioned match, pending investigations, if ever there is need to have such an investigation since what he did does not warrant any investigation, but a ban. What he did is not inept refereeing, but someone who was on a mission, who did actions disregarding the laws of the game in order to achieve his mission. He was biased against our team and clearly favoured the team from his home province.
When Masaa was confronted by Chicken Inn they allege he was unrepentant,
When confronted, he openly said even if you do not pay the referees’ fees he was given enough money to take him back to Midlands and we shall not speculate what he meant by that. After hearing such utterances as a club we withdraw the paying of referee’s fees until we hear from you about their payments.
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