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Troughton Slams Officials

University of Pretoria’s assistant coach, Sammy Troughton, has slammed the officials for their performance on Saturday afternoon.

Tuks went down 2-1 to Polokwane City after the scoring was opened with a controversial penalty decision in the first half, and Troughton says there were far too many decisions that didn’t go the right way.

Troughton was not happy with referee, Philip Tinyani, or linesmen, Stevens Khumalo and Pater Chauke, all of whom he believes were partly to blame for Tuks’ defeat.

“I was unhappy with both the referee and his two linesmen. Crucial decisions in the game didn’t go our way and nobody will see because there were no cameras there.

“Their penalty, we have it on our own videos, was after Buhle Mkhwanazi made a great tackle and all of a sudden the flag was up. Buhle didn’t even get booked, and to be honest if you’re bringing somebody down in the box then you’ve at least got to book him.

“We had one or two penalties claims just discarded, and a couple of times when we looked like scoring, there was a delayed whistle. Even Boebie (Solomons) said after the game that some of the decisions were pathetic, their supporters were laughing and saying ‘Thank you, Mr. Ref” as they left. We could have played for another 90 minutes and not scored an equaliser.

“This kind of officiating can have a negative impact on South African football and also holds us back when trying to improve our football in the future.”

Tuks take on Swallows tonight in a game that could see them leap into the top ten with a victory.

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