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Pirates caretaker coach Eric Tinkler his criticised a local newspaper report
for claiming that he 'blasted' Lehlohonolo Majoro for conceding a red card.
Read: Tinkler laments Majoro’s behaviour
The striker got himself on the score sheet against Platinum
Stars in the Absa Premiership, before receiving his marching orders for a stamp
on Mahlatsi Makhudubela after the half-time break.
Following the match, a report in the Daily Sun, claimed that Tinkler had read the riot act to the
However, Tinkler did not speak to the publication in
question, nor did he speak out against the player in the wake of Saturday's 2-0
Speaking to his club's official website, Tinkler said: "At no stage have I blasted Major or
have had a go at him, the report from Daily Sun is a complete fabrication and
"That report is unprofessional journalism making up
stories in an effort to destabilise the team and I will not allow that.
"If I had any issues with Majoro I wouldn't express
those feelings publicly as this is a private matter and would be dealt with in
He added: "Obviously, no coach would want to play minus
one player especially in a match where there's still a lot to play for.
"The red card to Majoro destabilised us slightly, we
had to make some changes in order to help prevent Platinum Stars from scoring.
"Now that I have seen the incident (On DVD), we will
address it with Majoro. But like I said earlier, this will be handled in a
"We do not condone the act but we understand that these
things happen sometimes. We just have to ensure that it doesn't happen again
and help Major control his emotions better in the future.
"However what I thought was commendable was that he
came onto the pitch immediately after the match and apologised to the players,
technical team and myself but most importantly to the Stars player."