Absa Premiership

WATCH: Another referee error as Wits benefit this time

2019-12-13 09:35
Gavin Hunt
Gavin Hunt (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Yet another referee error decided an Absa Premiership fixture as Bidvest Wits were awarded a dubious penalty in a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Thursday.

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Wits this time benefited from a questionable decision as referee Thando Ndzandzeka pointed to the spot despite Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede clearly winning the ball when rushing off his line to thwart Gift Motupa.

Wits were earlier denied a clear penalty when Motupa was fouled in the area, with the referee compounding his earlier error by awarding a penalty that should not have stood.

In wet conditions Gumede did well to time his challenge as he rushed out with Motupa bearing down on goal. Despite a clear deflection in the direction of the ball - in fact it couldn't be clearer that he won the ball - the referee pointed to the spot.

Motupa brushed himself off to step up and slot the resulting penalty home as Gavin Hunt's side hung on to clinch a decisive win.

Hunt admitted after the final whistle that these decisions - after a number of referee errors - needed to be looked at.

"We got the rub of the green for the first time in ages,"Hunt said. "They got a penalty so did we get a penalty, you know you've got to really look at these things it went for us a little bit in terms of that."

Compiled by Baden Gillion


 

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