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Larsen On Referee’s Blunder: It’s Difficult To Accept…

Refereeing Blunder Is A Cause For Concern

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 19, 2018 12:11 PM

A refereeing blunder that took place during the match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates at the weekend has left the KwaZulu-Natal outfit disappointed.  

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Pirates beat Arrows 2-1 in their Absa Premiership game at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday to close the gap on Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the log. Bucs are only one point behind, although the Brazilians have a game in hand.

Referee Thando Ndzandzeka made a shock decision when he issued a red card to Arrows’ Limbikani Mzava in the 53rd minute of the game.

Instead of cautioning Mzwandile Buthelezi, who had fouled Luvuyo Memela, Ndzandzeka showed the yellow card to Mzava.

As the Malawian was already on a yellow card from an earlier incident, he was subsequently shown a red card as a result of the referee’s controversial moment. 

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Arrows head coach Clinton Larsen says it is difficult to accept a case of mistaken identity from the match official.

“What can I say, referees are human and make mistakes. But it’s difficult to accept a case of mistaken identity especially when players, coaches as well as linesman are all telling the referee he is about to send off the wrong player,” the coach told Arrows’ official website.

“He acknowledges the advice of the linesman yet still sends off the wrong player. Not only do you feel aggrieved but it makes you think that something more sinister is happening. Even if the card is rescinded which I’m sure it will be, the immense damage has already been done,” he added.

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“Back to the match, I think under the circumstances our players represented the club with pride and dedication. Our log position may not show this but we are ultra proud of the commitment our players show each time they represent the club,” concluded Larsen. 


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llumadi Joined: 23 Apr 2015
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llumadi Mar 20, 2018 09:08 AM
@kadish all teams already got benefit from Referee error Even Sundowns eg the game of Amazulu the third goal was not correct because of referees error even Chiefs all team there is no team that once not benefited from referees error
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kadish Joined: 07 Jun 2011
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kadish Mar 19, 2018 03:50 PM
He acknowledges the advice of the linesman yet still sends off the wrong player. Not only do you feel aggrieved but it makes you think that something more sinister is happening. We all know Mato & Khoza walk the same path so they gave referee a fat brown envelope unfortunately Larsen doesn't know . League will be tougher for Rats cos all 18 points left they have to work for them nomore Mato points.
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sfisom2018 Joined: 09 Mar 2018
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sfisom2018 Mar 19, 2018 02:02 PM
I think Mzava learnt his lesson, from now on he will stay away from referees n let his captain do his job otherwise he will keep on taking one for his teammates
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Tcha15 Joined: 10 May 2015
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Tcha15 Mar 19, 2018 01:54 PM
He must get a moemish of the year award and SAFA must ban him for good.
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Mar 19, 2018 01:43 PM
Its a shamevto PHAZAMISA ngoba uyaphazamiseka impela.How can you target what pirates will win or not?At least we might end up number two or three,what about chiefs?You talking about Nedbank,is the nedbank cup a present to a team with only 36 points?If that is the reason,its a new critaria we dont know,but good luky.Like I said,the PSL should give the team,and the fans some forms to apply for the league,or say by.#UP THE BUCS.
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Makaveli 99 Joined: 28 Jul 2017
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Makaveli 99 Mar 19, 2018 01:41 PM
@Mpolamolele Lol
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The Bucsboss Joined: 02 Nov 2016
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The Bucsboss Mar 19, 2018 01:31 PM
There is one thing I like about pirates as steam.The technical team,and the players never said they will win this or that.But Chiefs coach promised all to be at naturena.The PSL has to issue some forms for the coach to put his aplication for the league,as he wot even come closer.We are on the building phase and is reasonable,we have 8 month now,comparing to three season building phase.BUNDINYA LOBO.#UP THE BUCS.
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Mentashe Mar 19, 2018 01:24 PM
THIS Thando Ndzandzeka NEEDS AN INVESTIGATION, HE HANDED 3 POINTS TO SUNDOWNS AGAINST FREE STATE STARS AND NOW TO PIRATES AGAINST GOLDEN ARROWS.
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The Bucsboss Mar 19, 2018 01:22 PM
why people are not worried about their team that is far from the league,but only to coment about Pirates.I feel thete is a bit of stupidit here.Pirates is one pount behind Downs wile your team is seven points out of the race.Who have the chances here?I am sorry to say that even if Sundowns can cone back from African duties to be in the finals with your team,they can be vicorious.Yes we are out of Nedbank,but the truth is,chiefs is out of the league too,so what makes a defferant here?#UP THE BUCS.
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scoreman99 Joined: 25 May 2017
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scoreman99 Mar 19, 2018 01:20 PM
zebbies will compete for the lig in 2030 not anytime soon that's a fat fact akere whether hobos accept that or not
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Mar 19, 2018 01:20 PM
Kiwi khompela said the league is theirs we haven't forgotten
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scoreman99 Mar 19, 2018 01:18 PM
since well u knew we will be in position 2 tell us which position ur zebbies will occupy come end of the season@wash&wear
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scoreman99 Mar 19, 2018 01:14 PM
@wash & wear skhovandini after we get our 3 points from Ajax ull die from heart attack
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 19, 2018 01:13 PM
Sunflops is racing alone for the Lig houners
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Mar 19, 2018 01:12 PM
We are going to get a Controversial penalty against CTC and get 3 fat points
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chiefs is useless Joined: 11 Jul 2016
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chiefs is useless Mar 19, 2018 01:10 PM
Its still early We still going to rob this smaller teams until we get this 10 million
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chiefs is useless Mar 19, 2018 01:09 PM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN so sit down and watch us and dunusa battle it out ..stop menyining
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Mpolamolele Mar 19, 2018 01:08 PM
makaveli...ah even POLOKWANE CITY coach is betting.....I always see him in Hollywood....imagine referee betting saying ....Ubuntu cape town score first ten minutes against sundowns....it will pay lot of money.......u just connect with Gomez for early penalty and have enough mooolaaah
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 19, 2018 01:07 PM
Rats will never Celebrate long as Senzo's killer is still out there drinking Ntakunyisa
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Mar 19, 2018 01:06 PM
@Rats is useless ........it was ours up until the English master decided to give it up our... main focus is the Nudebank now

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