Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane, wants to see more protection for Khama Billiat from opponent's dangerous tackles.
The midfielder has been exceptional for Sundowns in his first season at the club.
Mosimane told the club’s official website that he is worried by the treatment the Zimbabwean has been getting from opponents.
“Billiat has been turned into a target, and we are worried by the number of fouls committed against him. At this rate, he will not last the whole season.
"It is to be expected and nobody is saying the player should not be tackled legitimately. And, of course, there will be the unintentional harsh tackle as well, and because of his style of play, this is to be expected.
However, in reviewing our matches, it has become clear to us that this is more than just seeking to legitimately stop the player and win the ball. It seems some players deliberately set out to injure the player – so where is the fair play?
"Sometimes, the referees have protected him – as they should (to) every other player on the field. Players have been given yellow cards for senseless attacks where the opponent has no intention of going for the ball.
"This is what is wrong. In some cases, players have received red cards, and that is how it should be. Our players – and I am referring to all professional players in our league – must be protected from unduly harsh tackles. These are their careers, and they need and deserve protection,” Mosimane told sundownsfc.co.za.
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