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Former Chiefs star in trouble after punching referee

One of Kaizer Chiefs’ former stars faces the wrath of Zimbabwe’s football law after assaulting a referee in the country’s first division.

The Tenax FC coach, Luke Petros punched referee Blessing Tauro on the nose at the end of an ill-tempered ZIFA Eastern Region Soccer League match against Grayham FC.

The former striker was irked by what he felt was biased officiating by referee Blessing Tauro last weekend.

Petros felt his men deserved a penalty that could have helped his side keep up with Wangu Mazodze FC in the race for promotion.

He has been suspended along with five of his players and they now face the wrath of Zimbabwe’s football law.

Dates for the disciplinary hearing are yet to be revealed as investigations are still in progress.

Petros is one of Kaizer Chiefs’ former players that are coaching in the neighbouring country, Zimbabwe.

This time he has, however, hogged the limelight for the wrong reasons. In addition, the country’s level of officiating continues to dwindle and be a cause of controversy.


Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Luke Petros
Luke Petros

Eastern Region chairman Davison Muchena expressed disappointment after the unfortunate fracas

“Regarding the Eastern Region Soccer League match between Grayham and Tenax played on Saturday. It was unfortunate to have such kind of incidents,” David Muchena is quoted by Soccer24.

“We do not expect that in the Eastern Region Soccer League. And we are very particular about violence in our games. We do not condone violence in our games at all.

“So what happened was very unfortunate, and when you get a report that says a coach is the one who first hit the referee on the nose. You get confused as to what world we are living in.”


In addition, Muchena said they highly regard Luke Petros’ presence in the ZIFA Eastern Region Division One league.

“The respect that we have for the coach [Luke Petros] as a region is so high. So I’m not sure what could have possibly happened,” Muchena said.

Last year, Luke Petros was at the helm of the now-defunct WhaWha in Zimbabwe’s PSL.

The Correctional Services side, WhaWha was relegated at the end of the 2022 campaign. Moreso, relegation led to the team’s disbandment.

Furthermore, Petros and his players were shipped to strengthen Tenax, another Correctional Services side competing in the Eastern Region.

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