Johnson explains referee outburst


Johnson was irate at the handling of the match by the referee, and made it known in his post-match interview with SuperSport TV on Saturday evening.

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The Usuthu mentor felt the officials played a crucial part in his side’s 2-0 defeat to Amakhosi at FNB Stadium, with dubious decisions going in the favour of the hosts.

Asked to explain what exactly the referee needed to analyse about the game, Johnson felt there was a lack of consistency in applying the rules of the game in several 50-50 challenges.

“Both players go up for the ball, one player falls and goes on his knees and then gets a free-kick. For me, it doesn’t make sense,” explained Johnson.

“And it wouldn’t irritate me if it was something for both teams, then I would have appreciated it, but sometimes one or two [free-kicks] takes the wind out of your team because it’s in bad areas on the field, and the one [taken by Khama Billiat] created a goal. 

“So why not give me one as well, then I can also try something [to create a goal]? But all I’m saying [to the officials] is analyse yourself and be honest with this beautiful game that we play.”

Johnson was not the first coach to complain about the match officials in a clash with Chiefs this season, after Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy also expressed his discontent at the way proceedings were handled in their 4-1 defeat in the Mother City.