Pitso shies away from referee criticism
Posted: 2 May 2017 Time: 16:46
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane questioned the red card to Fares Hachi while arguing that Grandwald Scott should have been sent off in the first half.
Wits beat Sundowns 1-0 in a physical Absa Premiership tussle at the Bidvest Stadium, where two players were sent for early showers after receiving their marching orders.
Fares Hachi was first off the park as he was booked for a second time following a late, studs-up challenge on Thabang Monare in the 79th minute, before Daine Klate departed for a clumsy and cynical challenge on Hlompho Kekana four minutes later.
In the first half, referee Victor Hlungwani was more lenient and understanding of the tense affair, with Scott one such player in the thick of things as he played an instrumental role in keeping Downs' attackers at bay, albeit unlawfully on a few occasions, as he picked up a solitary booking before the break.
The industrious centre-midfielder was then substituted shortly after the hour-mark as Hunt looked to avoid a one-man disadvantage in a crucial tie against their chief title rivals.
However, Mosimane, who has regularly had a run-in with the PSL over commenting on officials, kept his criticism of Hlungwani at a minimum, but suggested that Hachi's sending off came after considerably less fouls in a shorter period of time than Scott.
"I was chatting [to the officials] because Scott could have long gone, hey – in the first half – he was lucky! He made fouls and fouls and fouls. You know he stopped our play," argued 'Jingles' after the match.
"But it's this kind of a game. I don't know about Fares there, hey. I don't know if it [the challenge on Monare] was worth a yellow? I don't know [about] the second one. The first one – yes.
"But I don't want to go into that. I'm six [five] games away from talking about referees. I'm not talking. I want to complete two years [without being fined]."
Also booked on the night were Wits' goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs, skipper Thulani Hlatshwayo, and midfield substitute Phumlani Ntshangase, as was 'Downs' defender Anele Ngcongca.