PSL Referees come under the spotlight
Posted: 10 December 2012 Time: 09:23
The adage that 'the best referees are not seen' is not one that PSL match official Victor Gomes subscribes to.
Gomes has proven to be a rather flamboyant character, regularly entertaining he crowd with his gestures, who has a comical and animated way of getting his point a cross.
He may bring a laugh to those up in the stands, but his methods and his love of the limelight are not overly appreciated by coaches.
Ernst Middendorp certainly was not laughing after Maritzburg United went down 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town at Athlone Stadium on Friday, after Gomes sent off assistant coach Ronnie Kanalelo as well as physio Burger van der Merwe in the first half.
This came just a few days after the same match official red-carded Mohamed Awal in the loss to Platinum Stars.
Middendorp admits last night's double sending off did not affect the outcome of the game – "congratulations to Ajax, they were the more active team and deserved the win, no doubt about it," he says – but was nonetheless very unhappy to see the same man in black twice in one week.
"He was the man of the match already with the red card against Mohamed Awal, I saw [Thami] Sangweni jumping in with both legs against Free State Stars [without being sent off].
"[Gomes' presence] took so much energy already. And then three days later you get the same man of the match delivered from the PSL, I thought it was a joke. I'm sure we will have him with Pirates in 10 days time."
Winning coach Jan Pruijn also had some less than complimentary words for Gomes, suggesting it was not a case of sour grapes from the German.
"You have 95 percent of your fate in your own hands. The other five percent I don't know. When I arrived and I saw Gomes, I thought that could be the other five percent.
"I told my boys to help each other and talk to each other, but never to talk to this Gomes, because you never know."