Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael bites his tongue regarding match officials
Posted: 9 November 2017 Time: 10:15
Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael says he prefers not to talk openly about the PSL’s match officials for fear of punishment, but feels his club are not given the respect they deserve.
The Belgian was left fuming after goalkeeper Bandra Sangare was bundled to the ground moments before Cape Town City’s late winner in their last league fixture, in what he believes was a second costly error for his team in successive fixtures that was overlooked by the referees.
Acknowledging having to bite his tongue for fear of being punished, Eymael feels that many decisions against his side are often unexposed as Stars’ games are less frequently televised.
“I don’t want to talk,” he said. “First, regarding Free State Stars, they don’t show all our games. They never criticise our games on SuperSport – never until now. It shows that Free State Stars is a very small team, for certain people.
“But I don’t want to comment on refereeing – you have eyes and can see things. I always analyse things with honesty, with fair play and am always trying to be straight. But if I talk, I will be punished.”
Having been on a four-match unbeaten run prior to last weekend’s Telkom Knockout loss to Bidvest Wits, a league draw to Platinum Stars and subsequent loss to City has cost Ea Lla Koto a top-four spot heading into the international break, leaving Eymael dejected.
“I’m disappointed as I wanted to give some days free to my players, but unfortunately I’m upset and disappointed with what happened on the pitch against City,” he said. “We have to work hard, and everybody has to look at themselves in the mirror, and analyse what they did against City and Platinum Stars.
“It’s a bit sad that we are going up and down, up and down … if we had won against Platinum Stars, we would have been the first team to win four games in a row this season. And we didn’t do that. Against City we had a second chance to go fourth, but now unfortunately we’re 10th.”
Stars face sixth-placed Chippa United in their next fixture on 22 November.