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Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy lays into PSL referees again

Posted: 26 November 2017 Time: 10:00

Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy has pointed a finger at referees for the disappointing results in the PSL recently.

All of the five matches that were played on Saturday ended in draws, while six of the seven matches in midweek were stalemates.

City were heading towards defeat after Golden Arrows took a two-goal lead on Saturday night at Princess Magogo Stadium through Sphelele Magubane and former Mamelodi Sundowns man Jabulani Shongwe.

But the Citizens had the tenacity to fight back, reducing the deficit in the 80th minute when Ayanda Patosi slammed home a penalty after Thamsanqa Mkhize was brought down in the box by Arrows defender Limbikani Mzava.

The comeback was complete when Thabo Nodada’s deflected shot hit the back of the net in the 89th minute.

The result ended a lacklustre day of football in the PSL and there’s still no team pulling away as the favourite to win the league with almost half of the matches played.

McCarthy, who has already been punished by the PSL for having a go at referees, says bad refereeing is playing a major role in the results in the league. 

“You want my honest opinion? It’s bad refereeing, that’s what’s causing us to draw,” McCarthy told reporters after the game.

The former Bafana Bafana striker was nudged at the back by club official Andreas Christodoulou in an attempt to stop him from saying anything that would get him in trouble, but McCarthy was not bothered and continued. 

“Why must I shy away when the referee can tell a player to f*#k off and you must say the referees are good? That's what's causing the problem.

“And as a coach and players you must be so frustrated standing on the side and seeing it happening week in and week out. Every game is the same thing and you as coaches must just keep quite because if you don't you are going to get fined [or] suspended. That's what’s causing the draws because you don't have the best officials.”   

McCarthy's next league game will be at home against Maritzburg United on December 5 at Athlone Stadium.  

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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