Benni Commends Referee After City's Derby Win
Benni McCarthy Commends Officials After The Cape Town Derby Win
Cape Town City head coach, Benni McCarthy has commended the referee for the Cape Town derby, saying that the officials handled situations very professionally.
City claimed a 2-0 victory over their city rivals, Ajax Cape Town, on Saturday, September 30 where they secured the bragging rights for the third time in a row.
Speaking at a press conference after the game, McCarthy said that he was satisfied with the officials on the day, this after getting on the negative end of referee decisions in his previous encounters.
“I think Ajax had a penalty shout, from where I was sitting it did look like it was a clear-cut penalty, but you know sometimes the officials get it right, sometimes they get it wrong. But, the referee today, overall – he had a fair game, so they’re getting better,” McCarthy told the media on Saturday.
“He handled some incidents very professionally and I think that’s all we ask for. And then you are going to get these nice flowing football and then you see real South African talent coming out in our football when you have decent referees for games. So, you have to commend when the referees do well, give them the credit and not only wait for them to make mistakes so we can criticise,” he added.
The head coach then went on to discuss the incident involving Judas Moseamedi’s goal for the Citizens, where, whether the ball crossed the line or not was unclear to most people watching.
“I initially thought he flagged because the ball went over the line and he indicated to the referee that it was a goal, so honest to God, I might be young but I could not see from there, I don’t have bionic eyes so I don’t know if it crossed the line or not so you know, they gave a goal and I have to just take the officials' word for that.”
“Last week we scored a legitimate goal and it wasn’t given so we couldn’t complain much about that either, so I feel for Ajax and I know it is not a nice situation to be in. I have been there and it is nice to taste what it feels like being on the other side of the stick,” he added.