Baxter Calls For Strong Ref
07 December 2012
Kaizer Chiefs coach, Stuart Baxter, has called for a strong referee for this weekend’s Soweto Derby, expressing fears of poor decisions ruining the game.
In the top of the table clash between Chiefs and their fierce rivals, Orlando Pirates, a win could prove to be critical come the end of the season, and Baxter has told the Siya crew that he hopes that the game will be decided by the teams, and not the referee’s decisions.
Prior to this weekend’s showpiece Baxter said, “It’s very important that we have a strong referee, because it can be fierce and the referee’s role will be important, in the past they’ve lost control of the game and it’s not been good for the football.”
The former Bafana Bafana coach used the victory against Ajax Cape Town as an example, pointing out the fact that the Urban Warriors ‘keeper, Sander Westerveld, received no punishment for an elbow on Bernard Parker, yet two of his players were given trivial bookings. Baxter said, “I find it very uncomfortable that the referee can miss an obvious red card, because there are FIFA rules that say if a player strikes another then it’s an automatic red card, yet it was done twice and I find it uncomfortable and disturbing that the referee misses that, but deems it correct to give Kingston (Nkhatha) a yellow-card for celebrating a goal that he didn’t know had been disallowed, and to Bernard Parker for taking a half a step off the pitch, also in connection with celebrating.
“In South Africa if we want to encourage people to hit each other, and not to celebrate a goal, then we’re absolutely on the wrong track.”
The Amakhosi will travel to the FNB Stadium to face the Buccaneers at 15h30 on Saturday as they look to extend their three point lead at the summit of the PSL table.