Cheetahs lay complaint against Berry

The referee Stuart Berry is that the centre of attention again following his handling of the Super Rugby match between the Toyota Cheetahs and Sharks. Teams such and the Stormers and Reds have also voiced their opinion over his officiating in the past. PHOTO: GETTY

The Toyota Cheetahs officially laid a complaint against the referee, Stuart Berry, over his handling of their Super Rugby match against the Sharks on Saturday.

This comes as the official made numerous controversial calls during their 26-10 loss in Durban, which left the team’s supporters fuming and venting.

The franchise confirmed via their official Facebook page that they have been inundated with complaints since Saturday.

The Cheetahs have also confirmed that they are following the correct procedures and the team and management have raised their concerns and objective with both SANZAAR as well as with SARU.

“We have been inundated since Saturday’s game with reaction from fans over the handling of the match by referee Stuart Berry. We share the frustration.

The necessary procedures have been followed and the coaches and management have made their objections and comments to the SANZAAR and Hoskins.

“It is up to them to handle it.

“There are measures taken against referees if there is sufficient cause and reason for action.”

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs tackle the Bulls in their final Super Rugby match of the year on Saturday and there is still concern over the availability of their captain, Francois Venter.

Venter sustained concussion late in the match against the Sharks and a call on his availability for the clash will be made on Thursday.

Saturday evening’s match between the Cheetahs and the Bulls at the Toyota Stadium kicks off at 19:15. – MORGAN PIEK