Larsen On Referee’s Blunder: It’s Difficult To Accept…
Refereeing Blunder Is A Cause For Concern
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.
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.
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 Even if the card is rescinded which I’m sure it will be, the immense damage has already been done,” he added.
“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.