Johannesburg - Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi apologised for the insults he traded with Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Stuart Baxter on Saturday, which added to the ugly scenes during their teams' goalless draw, according to the Sowetanlive website.
The match was marred by spectator hooliganism after referee Lwandile
Mfiki showed Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane a straight red
card for a bad challenge on Tshepo Liphoko in the first half.
Mfiki was attacked by an enraged Chiefs fan who invaded the pitch and
charged at the referee with a flagged vuvuzela, with which he almost
struck the referee in the face.
The two coaches escalated matters by trading verbal blows down the
touchline and they refused to shake hands at the end of the match.
Things got worse still when the coaches lined up for television
interviews. Mngqithi was heard telling Baxter to "go to hell with his
anger", to which Baxter responded: "I don't shake hands with people who
tell me to f*** off."
"I did not handle myself the way I normally do and we ended up
exchanging words with Stuart, which I don't think was professional
enough and I would really like to apologise to him if that affected him
in one way or the other," Mngqithi said afterwards.
"It was in the heat of the moment and when he came to complain to the
referees about the card, I also felt I had to do the same."
Baxter begrudgingly accepted Mgqithi's apology.