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Steve Komphela lashes out at referee Gomes

Posted: 4 August 2013 Time: 18:17

FreeState Stars coach Steve Komphela lashed out at referee Victor Gomes for poor officiating in their season opener against SuperSport United in Tshwane yesterday.

Gomes took centre stage when he controversially red carded Stars defender Soriola Gege before awarding a penalty to United a few minutes before half time.

Matsatsantsa beat Ea Lla Koto 4-1 and Komphela believes the referee was influential in the outcome of the match.

It is not the first time Komphela has had a run-in with Gomes.

“Terrible. I thought we were going to give a very good game up until the referee decided on his own to say ‘No, no, this time I’m spoiling everything’,” Komphela said during the press conference.

“I’ve never seen anything like this. Yellow cards flashed like they were going out of fashion.

“Without any disrespect to Cavin Johnson, they played well, I must congratulate them. But there was a stage where you could see the referee was just about to take the ball and throw it inside the net. The guy was giving free-kicks, yellow cards, and I said ‘what’s going on with this guy, is he out of his mind?’

“And clearly before the red card was given, I said to the bench we won’t finish this match, we will play with some one getting a red card.”

Gomes was named Referee of the Season during the PSL awards in May this year. However, Komphela says he is a disgrace to football.

“With the referee like this, who needs an opponent? This guy is the referee of the season if I’m not mistaken. It’s a disgrace whoever puts him there. If this is the best that comes out of South Africa, the country has no quality. This is a disgrace, I’m not insulting those who made the choice, but this guy is not doing justice to the choice they made.

“It’s unfortunate because Gomes is the Referee of the Season and I’m sure the referee who has been given that accolade would have handled this game much better.

“From a technical point of view, we were not overpowered tactically, I think we coped well. Physically we stood up to the punishment. The only thing was the factor outside what I could influence – decisions from the official – and there is nothing I could do about it, unfortunately.”


Article by: Ernest Fakude

Previous comments on this story...

Lady Goldilight
posted: 06:33 pm
Damn! Komphela sounds really pissed, but I can relate to him. Some referees are just absolutely bias.
Glamour dude
posted: 06:37 pm
Lol Steve "Gomez is a disgrace to football"
posted: 06:39 pm
Gomes allowed our noisy neighbours' offside goal to stand. You are right Mr Komphela, he is a disgrace to our soccer.
posted: 06:43 pm
Why do we award Ref of the season? because no1 deserves it. Jerome was called the best and disgraced Mzansi on Afcon. This weekend and every other refs always take fun out of sport
Ten 'n round
posted: 06:52 pm
Lol its time to import refs, I saw the match and I should say Steve has a right to be this angry and guess what? Its just the start of the season!
Rio da General
posted: 06:53 pm
Bra Steve m with u there nd dnt 4get Robert Smith. 1stly Smith eliminated Pirates on MTN8 last year against SSU.2day ago he robbed Chiefs 2 Clear penalties n booked Musona 4 no reason. Gomez robbed Pirates during Black Label Cup Yesterday he was jst n embarrassment 2 our soccer.
posted: 06:54 pm
Steve is right. There r no refs in the psl most of them are jokes
posted: 07:10 pm
Dis referees a the reasn y coaches like fani madida,mlungisi ngubane,shakes mashaba etc are out of jobs cz they make dscions dt cost othr ppl their jobs,wile they knw dt they a permenent employees of psl,teams like sundowns lost 8 millions in d telkom nockout cz of them,I wonder hw do they feel aftr a team chase a coach bcz of their silly mastakes,I thnk coaches must sue ds referees wen they make dscions dt coast their jobs
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 07:36 pm
I think Pretoria was targeting Bloemfontein,Larsen lashed out today even going as far as saying its like this when playing the big 3(yet he won TKO controversially)

SSU v FSS & Celtic v Downs,bad officiating from both games and PTA benefited bloem on the recieving end

But overall the officiating in all matches was bad this weekend, and people tell us Bobby is buying refs,while they are just bad nje
posted: 07:42 pm
Um 100% behind Kompela's statement, I watched the game full 90 min. The ref was not doing justice to FSS, everytime Chenene fell, is was foul companied by yellow card for FSS player. Everytime when players dive, he blows the whistle. The game started boring because of refs decisions
posted: 07:47 pm
That fool shouldn't be allowed to officiate in the PSL..he's a ###### disgrace!!!
posted: 07:47 pm
This is the same rubish ref who gave zebras the undeserved offside goal.referee of da season? Joke....
posted: 08:24 pm
Clinton Larsen also was not happy @ all about the ref 2day. This referees forget that they are costing coaches their jobs while theirs are protected by the stupid decisions they make each & every game. @ the end of the season, we supporters & management forget about all this.
posted: 08:33 pm
This is the same moron who allowed that offside goal by Majoro to stand despite television replays show that the idiot was in an offside position.

Pathetic indeed Steve.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:35 pm
Pirates never won s match officiate by this fool!!!! WellCome to the party Kompela! Did u watch the curling black lebel? I first notice this thing when he gave Benni a straight red card for heading a ball.
posted: 08:38 pm
Speak baba don't shy people can hate u for de truth u say bt sooner dey will confirm infront of u dat uhave spoken::de same stupid referee who awarded chiefs an offside goal de sooner he get choppped de better
Lady Goldilight
posted: 08:39 pm

Correction: Major is not an idiot, he's a Champion.
black n white /zebra blood
posted: 09:11 pm
Steve is 1000000% rite ,this Gomes is biased.worse he likes attention,it lyk he wants us to watch him not the game of futbol,uphefumula ngempempe,I think its tym we import referees.sikhathele ilamasimba oGomes no Bennet,amazebra.nxaaaa
@WittyChippa The Namibian Khosi
posted: 09:15 pm
Hehe, some1 please give Steevo a Bells... Him is a real nigga...
posted: 09:16 pm
And people wonder why some of them get vuvuzela(d). They should be taken accountable too because soccer not only is a physical sport but an emotional one too so if u gonna day rob me, I sure as hell I have a right 2 Lwandile Mfiki your a$$.
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