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De Sa: Coaches can't criticise refs

Posted: 30 September 2017 Time: 14:15

Platinum Stars boss Roger de Sa has pointed out coaches will be punished if they criticise bad refereeing in the PSL.

The level of officiating came under the spotlight last week when referee Cedric Muvhali incorrectly disallowed a goal from Cape Town City's Lehlohonolo Majoro for offside against Polokwane City before handing a controversial penalty to the striker soon after.

De Sa is well aware of the consequences if coaches speak their mind on the issue.

"Coaches, if we talk we get punished and you guys (media) can write whatever you want, so you got the voice," De Sa told the media
after his side's 1-1 draw with AmaZulu.

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"Not us, because we get nailed and you guys don't, so you can write what you see.

"I'm being honest. Why can't you write what you see? You write what you see about players, you write what you see about coaches, so why can't you about referees?

"You know that. But we can't be honest because every time we are honest we get nailed. So we got to just keep our mouth shut and swallow it.

"But you guys got all the right to say whatever you want."

Meanwhile, De Sa admitted morale was low at Dikwena when he took over the reins from Englishman Peter Butler, who was sacked two games into the season after succeeding Cavin Johnson in Phokeng.

"The mood wasn't great to be honest and I think it was a little bit down. I think Cavin Johnson had been here for a long time and had set certain standards and certain rules and so on," said the former Orlando Pirates coach.

"When the new guy arrived I think it was too many changes maybe... Changes in personnel, lot of changes in the staff. So obviously the mood was down and I had to hit the ground running."

De Sa's bottom-placed side next host Mamelodi Sundowns at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday looking for their first win of the campaign.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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