Absa Premiership

Motaung hits out at referee

2013-09-26 13:01
Kaizer Motaung (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Following his team’s elimination from the MTN8 at the hands of arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung remains critical towards referee Daniel Bennett, who was in charge of the semi-final second leg encounter at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.

Motoung, 68, was infuriated by Bennett’s decision to award Pirates a penalty after Amakhosi defender, Morgan Gould, pulled Rooi Mahamutsa’s jersey while attempting to connect with Sifiso Myeni’s corner kick.

Pirates’ striker, Lennox Bacela, converted the resulting spot kick to give his side a 2-1 aggregate triumph over the PSL champions.

“Chincha Guluva” concluded that Bennett deserved to walk away with a man of the match award.

"The referee stole the show. I think he should have won (the man of the match award)," Motaung told the SportLIVE website.

"I'm not one to complain about referees but today was worse. The problem is that we do not have a strong review committee to deal with such things."

Both teams’ coaches, Roger de Sa and Stuart Baxter, were on the same page regarding Bennett’s performance, stating that his
decisions brought shame to the South African football from around the globe.

"People in South America, Europe and the rest of Africa were watching this game. We can't keep on embarrassing ourselves," said Baxter.

"Some tackles were punished and some not. It's not good for football."

De Sa said: "We have a great league; it's a very good product. We must put a little more effort into officiating. Our concern as coaches is that referees lack consistency. They are untouchable.”

The television replays suggested that Bennett made a good decision by awarding a spot kick to Pirates although it seemed harsh to the Chiefs fans.

Pirates will play Platinum Stars in the “Wafa-Wafa” final on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Kick-off is scheduled for 20:15.


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