Speaking for the first time since being sent off for an early shower for allegedly arguing with an assistant referee in Ajax’s last league match against Platinum Stars, Craig Rosslee’s assistant says the referee’s decision in his case was unfair and unwarranted.
He maintains that the assistant referee waved his flag for offside but later put it down after the ball had gone into the net.
The teams eventually played out to a 1-1 draw, a result that handed log leaders Supersport United a chance to topple the Urban Warriors from the top of the standings.
“I just asked the assistant referee why he put his flag down after initially waving for offside, but he refused to admit that the flag was ever up.”
Mugeyi adds that video replays vindicate his claim as they show the match official’s flag was up for offside.
Mugeyi says that although he exchanged words with the official, he never used abusive language.
“I watched the video that night and have replayed it several times since. One can see his flag was up. Also, had I said something bad to him, I would understand the red card but I did not as I just walked away. To my surprise, I was sent off.”
Mugeyi was one of two Urban Warriors personnel sent off in that match, the other being substitute winger Makhanyiseli Siwahla who saw red in the dying stages of the game.
It is not the first time that the Ajax technical team has been penalized. Coach Craig Rosslee also served time on the sidelines.
Siwahla has also expressed his disappointment about receiving a red card.
Siwahla, who came on as a second half substitute for Bryce Moon, received his marching orders from referee Ace Ngcobo for retaliation on Stars’ midfielder Tshepo Ramokala.
“Even now I am still asking myself why the referee gave me a red card. I never did anything wrong. I went to ask Ramokala why he had kicked me.
“I’m very disappointed. I think the ref’s decision to send me off was very harsh and now will I miss some of the games while my team fights to win the league this season.”