During the Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon, the spotlight was once again, on match officials. The spotlight was on Jelly Chavani in particular so naturally, the coaches were asked about their opinion of the referee.
After a 2-2 stalemate in the fight for a semifinal place in the Telkom Knockout Cup, the game went into penalties. In the end, Amakhosi came out as winners with a score of 6-4.
However, everyone seemed like they forgot about the game and focused on Chavani’s decisions about the match. The red card which was given to Pirates right back Mthokozisi Dube five minutes into the second half at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Get ready for the next fixture with betway south africa.
Ernst believes that this ‘benefiting’ for Chiefs was a coincidence
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp made a statement after the match. “I was hoping that nobody would ask this question… I don’t agree with this statement about benefiting. Who is benefiting? Sundowns? Pirates? Back Leopards? Highlands Park? Here and there, the other teams? Probably, here and there Kaizer Chiefs?”
“Benefiting..it happens. It is normal. Did you see the goal for Bloemfontein Celtic in a game against SuperSport? Did you see the tackles that Pirates had against Highlands Park? They did their best and we should not overthink it or highlight it.”
Last week, the Premier Soccer League wrote letters to four coaches. Benny McCarthy, Pitso Mosimane, Owen da Gama and Steve Komphela. The PSL wanted them to explain their recent comments about match officials after they felt that decisions had gone against them.
Pitso Mosimane also argued about the Kaizer Chiefs ‘benefiting’ the most from the errors. “I repeat, the only solution to this is that professional match officials have to come in, meaning that everyone are prepared and has targets. They come in giving the best they can and their next job is to focus on. We all have to be professional.” – Ernst Middendorp added about the subject. What do you think? Was everything done by the book? Check the latest PSL results to see the current situation.