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Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa frustrated by referee Victor Gomes

Posted: 26 February 2018 Time: 11:40

Platinum Stars coach Roger de Sa had reservations when controversial referee Victor Gomes started his warm-up for the clash with Maritzburg United on Friday night.

Relegation-threatened Stars lost the match 2-1, with Gomes enhancing his reputation for dishing out dismissals and penalties by awarding a stoppage-time spot-kick and showing De Sa a red card straight after the tie at Harry Gwala Stadium.

Gomes, who also sent off two players when Bidvest Wits recently edged Golden Arrows 2-1 in KwaMashu, banished three men to the stands earlier this month during Mamelodi Sundowns' 1-0 win over Cape Town City. Among those to fall foul of the 35-year-old was Brazilians mentor Pitso Mosimane - much to the surprise of 'Jingles' assistant Manqoba Mngqithi.

With the Premier Soccer League quick to fine players or coaches that criticise referees, De Sa risks being in hot water for questioning Gomes' performance.

“I think before the game starts, you see who comes up for warm-ups, you got to be prepared for it. I think the stats will tell you more than anything, it’s not gonna be a football show but it’s going to be somebody else stealing the show,” said De Sa, who recently became a part owner of bottom-placed Dikwena.

“You know that and everybody knows that. I think not just me as a coach, but I think every coach knows that.

“If that is what the game is about... I think a good game is about when the game ends and you don’t even know who refereed. I think if more referees knew that we'd probably have better football all round.

“Sadly we are not in charge of that department and we just got to knuckle down, and bigger and better people haven’t changed it that aimed to change that.”

De Sa reiterated a call he made to the media after his side played AmaZulu last year to not only hold players and coaches to account, but also officials.

“To be honest with you, every time we say something we get punished,” he said.

“It’s always the same coaches who say and we are the ones who are victimised. Not victimised straight away, even in future games they look for you and we all know that happens... we can’t run away from it.

“The 16 coaches will have a go and we’ll be called in to DRCs and punished and fined and whatever. But you guys, reporters, you got a bigger and better say than us.

“You see it all the time and you have a go at coaches, you have a go at players and why do you hold you back on this type of thing? I don’t know why. It’s like you got something around your neck but you see it.

“If the field is bad you guys hammer the field. If the coach is bad you hammer the coach. If the player is bad you hammer the player, but I’m yet to see anything else, why? Hey? Seriously.

“I see it all the time... all the time and no one has a go. And you know what, you are interviewing me about the decision he made... go and interview the expert.

“They are so protected and untouchable, but it’s about time that some of these guys take responsibility for their actions on what it does for the livelihoods of many people, because they have a massive effect.

“I understand mistakes... but come on guys. The stats are there... really how much more? I mean the worse thing about it, I said to him after the game, I said ‘Mr ref’, I actually said, ‘Victor, come on you can’t have a Gomes show every week’ and those are my exact words. Is that a red card?

“I was actually giving him a bit of advice and he turned around and said, ‘no, it’s a red card and it’s ungentlemanly conduct’.”

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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