Berserk Defender: Hooligan Soccer Player Assaults Referee

Victoria Falls Tigers defender Lethukuthula Mathe faces a lengthy ban for assaulting referee Bekezela Makeka during his team’s 0-1 loss to Amagagasi in a Southern Region Division One League match on Sunday.

Mathe went berserk and punched Makeka several times for showing him red card for a crude tackle on an Amagagasi player. The attack was captured on video and is trending on social media platforms.

Mathe is the second player in the First Division to assault a referee within a week after Artwell Nyoni of Technosphere reportedly attacked referee Mhaka Magare during his team’s 0-1 loss to Amagagasi last week.

Zifa Southern Region chairman Musa Mandaza, who watched the Victoria Falls derby and witnessed the despicable incident, said he was worried about the level of indiscipline creeping into the league.
Player Assaults Referee During a Soccer Match 

He said “stern measures” would be taken against Mathe and Victoria Falls Tigers officials that incited the violence. Nyoni will also face Zifa Southern Region’s wrath.

“We can’t tolerate uncouth behaviour in our league and what I witnessed in the Victoria Falls derby between Amagagasi and Victoria Falls Tigers is uncalled for. We are going to take stern measures against the players involved, as well as officials that I saw inciting.

“We’re waiting for the referee and match commissioner’s reports so that we act accordingly and deal with these bad elements of the game which tarnish the image of football,” Mandaza said.

Mathe and Nyoni are likely to join the footballers’ “bad boys” list that has, among others, former Masvingo United goalkeeper Muzondiwa Gonese and the ex-Hwange duo of Ozias Sibanda and Alick Nyoni, who were banned for life for assaulting referees.

Victoria Falls Tigers’ manager Joe Manyange seemed to condone his player’s actions.

“He never beat up the referee. They fought. I won’t comment on that issue, go to Amagagasi and get a comment from them,” said Manyange. 

Meanwhile, Amagagasi’s victory pushed them to position three from four with 41 points from 20 games. - The Chronicle

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