PSL

Baxter upset with refereeing

2012-12-09 13:51
Stuart Baxter (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has called for an improvement in the standards of officiating in South African soccer, in the aftermath of the Soweto derby.

Amakhosi drew 1-1 in their Premiership match against Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday, to stay three points clear at the top of the log, but there were a number of contentious decisions and inconsistencies in the refereeing, according to Baxter.

"That one went backwards and forwards too much for my liking," he said.

"At the finish, we didn't know if we were going to get a corner or a goal-kick, or a yellow card or a throw-in. When we're awarding players points out of 10 we should talk about the referees too."

Baxter drew parallels with the development of players and officials, insisting more needed to be done to improve the state of refereeing in the top-flight domestic league.

"The authorities - whether it's SAFA (SA Football Association), the PSL (Premier Soccer League), the clubs, or whoever - need to invest more in the development of the kids (players), with a good development programme to give them a path to reach the national team."

He believed the same process should be followed in the development of officials.

"We need to have a discussion on how the officials can improve. I'm sure the referees want to improve," he said.

"They don't want to hear coaches moaning and groaning all the time."

Baxter said the referees should be held accountable for their performances, in the same way players were responsible for theirs.

"If a player plays poorly, we tell it, and you guys report it," he told the media.

"I think officiating is a massively difficult thing. I know and understand that in a game like this they're also under pressure, but I still think if we're going to talk about the development of the South African game, that's an area that needs to develop."

With various interpretations and applications of the law, Baxter felt it had left a grey area for players and coaches.

“A player needs to know - is that a good tackle or should that be a red card? If we don't know, how do we coach it?

"I hope my players don't get penalised because I'm saying the way I feel it. I'm deadly honest. I'll tell the referee if they had a great game or a good game."

Baxter stressed consistency was the key to keeping all parties happy.

A former mentor of the South African and Finnish national teams, he said the PSL needed to meet officiating standards applied in league competitions across the world.

"If you ask managers in the (English) Premier League or (Spanish) La Liga, they'll say exactly the same thing. They just want consistency.

"There are inconsistencies and when those yellow cards start up and, at the end of the year, you have players suspended, you've forgotten what he got the yellow card for.

"That's why I'm sure it's worth raising the issue."

Read more on:    kaizer chiefs  |  psl  |  stuart baxter  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Spurs held on the road

2014-09-18 22:12

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose

A device that converts nose breaths into speech will open new doors for people with Parkinson’s or motor neuron disease.

 
 

For chic geeks...

It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real
Check out the speed of this robo-cheetah!
Fixtures
26 September 2014
Wits v AmaZulu, Bidvest Stadium 20:00
27 September 2014
Free State Stars v Moroka Swallows, Goble Park 15:00
Black Aces v Ajax Cape Town, Mbombela Stadium 15:00
Chippa United v Orlando Pirates, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:00
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, FNB Stadium 20:15
SuperSport United v Bloemfontein Celtic, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
28 September 2014
Polokwane City v Mamelodi Sundowns, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:00
Platinum Stars v University of Pretoria, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 15:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their Absa Premiership title in the 2014/15 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.