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Did Bennett Get It Right?

The recently completed Soweto derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals was one of the most physical battles that has taken place between the two sides in recent years.

Multiple players were forced to bandage head wounds after strongly-contested midair collisions that led to the spillage of blood.

Chiefs' enforcer, Willard Katsande, was often in the thick of the battle and he and Orlando Pirates striker, Kermit Erasmus, clashed on more than one occasion.

At times during the encounter,  it appeared that the Zimbabwean was in risk of getting a red card as he lunged into some potentially bone-crunching tackles.

There were also some multi-player scuffles and physical exchanges as tempers flared and appeared to be getting out of control. At one point in the clash, Chiefs' left back Tsepo Masilela threw the ball down in disgust when a decision didn't go his way.

The extremely high level of aggression could also be seen in the way some players appeared to be verbally abusing each other, even when the ball was not in their vicinity. 

After the game, the extremely physical and potentially dangerous nature of the contest led some to question the performance of referee Daniel Bennett. It's been asked whether he did enough to keep control of proceedings. 

In his defence, the 2010/11 South African Referee of the Year issued a number of yellow cards and handled the outbreak of numerous player skirmishes with an air of calm. However, the question will remain as to whether or not he should have stamped his authority more firmly on this volatile clash. 

Chiefs fans have also questioned whether the penalty decision he gave the way of Bucs in the second half was merited. Morgan Gould was penalised for apparently  tugging on the shirt of a Pirates attacker. 

The Siya crew put a call in to Safa Acting Head of Referees, Ace Kika, to get his assessment of whether or not Bennett would be brought to book for his performance.

He said, "In terms of what people are complaining about with regard to the penalty, I can confirm that there was definitely a pulling of the jersey. The Review Committee will meet tommorrow and they will look at some of the decisions.

"Standard sittings are held every Tuesday and Friday to review referees' performances. The report from the match commissioner will be looked at and the video of the game will be analyzed. They will go through all of that and then will make a decision as to whether or not the referee needs to be reprimanded." 

By David Minchella

Follow David on Twitter: @DavidLaduma 

   

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