The Belgian goalie was roundly criticised for his actions in Maritzburg United’s win against Golden Arrows last month – actions which even earned a bemused Ryan Chapman a yellow card.
SoccerZone made Verbauwhede 'Moemish of the Week', while Mirror labelled him a “childish keeper” who “goaded his opponents, before he reacted like a huge baby when the play unfolded”.
But the 30-year-old has hit back, telling KickOff.com: “My comment is that it’s poor journalism, that is one. Two, they don’t mention anything about the three crucial saves I made during that game.
“If they found me childish it’s fine and it’s everywhere. To be honest, let’s not create any politics but as a senior and well-respected journalist … it’s bringing the level of journalism down below zero and it affects everything.
“To give you a simple example, they [SoccerZone] made me Moemish of the Week for the second time [also after the game against Chippa on 19 March], but the people who were sitting there on the SABC were judgmental, not neutral. Those three guys I call them clowns.”
Meanwhile, Verbauwhede admits what happened against Arrows was unnecessary, but says the players all laughed about it after the game.
“I know it was unnecessary what I did; I'm fully aware of that. I don’t have a reason why I did it ... it just happened. Emotions are there, pressure is there and it was a [KZN] derby. The situation we are in you know how it goes … you feel certain emotions and we laughed after the game.”