SA's Sport Minister shocked by Black Leopards chairman David Thidiela's comments

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Thidiela will be afforded an opportunity to present his case and clarify his comments before the PSL even after he issued a public apology

South African Minister of Sport and Recreation Thokozile Xasa has expressed shock following an audio recording of David Thidiela where he attacked PSL referee Victor Hlungwani last weekend. 

The Black Leopards chairman was furious with Hlungwani after his team succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Bloemfontein Celtic in the league.   

Xasa said football is meant to unite the nation, before adding that tribalism doesn't have a place in South Africa. 

"As the Ministry of Sport, we can't allow what is meant to unite us as a nation to divide us. There is no place in our country for tribalism. Many people perished not only in our country, but on our continent," Xasa told SA FM

"Football is known all over the world as the beautiful game, we don't need owners of teams to spoil that. Let us use sport to build social cohesion amongst our people and not divide them along dangerous tribal lines," he said. 

Xasa, who took over from Thulas Nxesi as the country's Sport Minister, expects the South African Football Association (Safa) to take this matter seriously and make sure that it never happens again.  

"We hope that SAFA will take this matter seriously and it never ever happens again in our football," added Xasa. 

Thidiela has apologised for his behaviour with the club confirming the news to Goal on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, the PSL has distanced itself from the incident that happened at the Thohoyandou Stadium, but confirmed that Thidiela has been afford an opportunity to respond to the matter. 

The National Soccer League (NSL‚ governing body of the PSL) has become aware of the alleged utterances which appear to have been made by Mr. David Thidiela‚ the chairman of Black Leopards Football Club‚ at Thohoyandou Stadium on 16 September 2018.

The League distances itself from any comment or utterance such as that which has been reported.

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Black Leopards is a member of the League‚ and both the club and Mr. Thidiela are bound by the NSL Handbook. If the reported utterances are true‚ this would contravene the League Code of Ethics.

Mr. Thidiela has been afforded an opportunity to respond to this matter and provide such information as may be relevant.

The matter will serve before the Executive Committee and the highest decision-making body of the League‚ the Board of Governors‚ at a meeting that has been called for this Thursday‚ the 20th September 2018.

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