Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane launched a stinging broadside at referee Abongile Tom after his team’s goalless Premiership draw with Bidvest Wits at Loftus on Tuesday night.
Mosimane said Tom erroneously handed nine lives to hard-tackling Wits captain Thulani Hlatswayo and that the referee was wrong to give Downs’ influential midfielder Themba Zwane a yellow card in the second half.
Hlatswayo was lucky to finish the game as he lived on the edge with his hard tackles. Zwane‚ as a result of his booking‚ will miss the crunch Premiership encounter against Orlando Pirates next Wednesday in Soweto due to suspension.
“To be at this level you need consistency‚ you need to show what you have‚ but I could see when the match started that it needed a Victory Hlungwane or Victor Gomes because he still has a long way to go‚” said Mosimane about Tom.
“He is not going to be my referee of the year. I never criticise referees, but Tom was not on top form tonight and that is why I am saying he is not the referee of the year in my opinion.
“I think ‘Tyson’ [Hlatswayo] had nine lives in the game. I just could not believe that he tackled one of my players who was the last man from behind and he went and clattered into ‘Pitso’ [Sphelele Mkhulise].
“The funny part is that the referee ordered the medical people to come onto the field to check the injured player but he didn’t give out a yellow card. It was a straight yellow because those are the principles. He had already given out a red card‚ so he didn’t want to issue another one.
“On the corner‚ “Mshishi” [Zwane] is there and he goes and gives him a yellow. Why? If Mshishi was maybe over the line to where he was supposed to be standing‚ he was supposed to tell him to move back a little bit. But he just gave him a straight yellow. It’s unbelievable.
“Why do you go to Mshishi and give him a yellow card‚ and you can’t say it was dissent? Because he was far too far [away] to be able to say that he said something.
“I don’t know what happened. It’s a big worry and I would like to know why he gave him a yellow. But in SA you are not allowed to talk to referees.”