Baxter: Refs must get with it

2012-12-10 10:00

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

Amakhosi drew 1-1 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.

"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."

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, the PSL, 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 match officials. "We need to have a discussion on how the officials can improve.

"I'm sure the referees want to improve. 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.

"I think officiating is a massively difficult thing. I know 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.

"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?

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


  • more.pido - 2012-12-10 10:35

    cum on coach wt abt ur players

      luvuyo.zihle - 2012-12-11 15:41

      What they did ? Cz ref was 4 pirets not buby.Ask Ligkwati matlaba klate what was tring to do! Shaba nd yeye shold open case thr was victim of dem .Oupa heading bal bt yo ref giv u corner 4 wht.

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-12-11 10:27

    Baxter sould you not ask your players to do the same give the same performance al of the players, all of the time Also since you know so much regaring the laws of Football please tell me when is a player offside and when a player kicks the ball FORWARD to his goalkeeper( he is on the goalline and the goalkeeper is on the penalty mark) can the goalkeeper pick the ball up, remember the ball did not go back

      luvuyo.zihle - 2012-12-11 15:31

      U asking our coach th stupid question .Xa ujijeke amehlo none chiefs coach busnes dom kob. Yeye wasnt pas that bal he was marking sidenge.

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