UJ Captain Bemoans Red Card
Suspended UJ captain, Grant Bruchhausen, says the referee definitely heard him wrong against UFS-Kovsies on Monday night.
Bruchhausen will sit out UJ’s next match against UCT after he was shown two yellow cards in the 36th minute against Kovsies. That match ended 2-2.
The UJ captain handled the ball in the 18-yard area and saw yellow for the incident which led to a penalty, but was soon giving his marching orders for remonstrating with the referee.
On Tuesday, UJ coach Bradley Carnell claimed there was a breakdown in communication, saying the referee must have misunderstood what his captain had said after the penalty was taken.
Bruchhausen has since admitted he was wrong, but insists he did not say what the referee claimed to have heard.
“I’m very disappointed with myself. After the penalty was taken I turned away and said something bad, but the referee called me back and showed me a red card because he said he heard me say something worse.
“That wasn’t the case but I was wrong for saying what I did and he sent me off, so that’s that. It’s done and I have to move on from there,” he said.
The central defender says UJ have surprised themselves with their results in their debut Varsity Football season. Bruchhausen hopes they can continue in the same vein and feels gutted he will be missing their next clash.
“I hope I can still make an impact when I come back. Obviously I’m not happy about being suspended, but we have depth in our squad so I’m sure we’ll be ok.
“There’s still a lot of work to do and I hope I can still make an impact. I think we have a good chance to win this thing if we reach the top four,”
“We came into the competition not having any expectations and we celebrated after every win, especially the wins against last year’s finalists,” he said.
Bruchhausen, who has been playing soccer since age seven, has dreams of turning professional after his done with his BComm Accounting at UJ.
“I’m working hard at my studies, but also with my football. I hope to play for Kaizer Chiefs or even abroad one day,” he said.