Absa Premiership

Downs, City hit out at 'Victor Gomes show'

2018-02-06 07:30
Victor Gomes (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes referees should be held accountable for decisions following the sending off of Pitso Mosimane in last Friday's win over Cape Town City.

Mosimane was sent to the stands by Victor Gomes after disputing a decision in which Craig Martin went down under a soft challenge from Tebogo Langerman, despite it appearing that the head coach's protestations were not aggressive.

In the same encounter City's Robyn Johannes was handed a questionable red card after he seemed to lose his cool at the end of the match due to the performance of Gomes. 

As such, Mngqithi explained the nature of the incident between the official and Mosimane while adding that accountability should be in play for all parties.

He told reporters: "No, there was no reason, it is a first for me where your player is fouled and you are just complaining about your player being fouled, there is no reason for you to swear or anything. 

"You are just putting in a logical complaint to say, how can you say the foul is for the opponents when in essence it is a foul on our player and immediately I see the coach being given marching orders.

"Unfortunately I was very close, I never heard any insulting words, I am not lying, there is no reason for me to lie. Initially, I thought that they were saying to step back, then when I saw him going out I even asked the goalkeeper coach what has happened. 

"It was a logical complaint and I would be very happy if the referee can also come to the microphone like this when he has seen the match and realised his mistake and say – I am sorry."

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy who was in the stands as he was serving the last of a two-match ban also criticised Gomes' performance.

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