SAFA's RC acknowledges referee mistake

After just eight minutes of play in last week Tuesday’s encounter played at Cape Town Stadium, City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh was adjudged by referee Luxolo Badi to have fouled Wits striker Simon Murray, with replays showing the Dutch shot-stopper had made no contact with the opposing player.

Murray buried the penalty, before scoring in the opening minutes of the second half to hand the Clever Boys a 2-0 victory in the Mother City.

In a statement released by the SAFA Review Committee, referees manager Tendai Masikhwa admits the referee was wrong in awarding The Students a spot-kick.

“The Review Committee reviewed the incident and clearly, there was no contact between the Cape Town City goalkeeper and Bidvest Wits player, who fell on his own,” the statement read.

“The referee erred in awarding the penalty and cautioning the goalkeeper. The correct decision should have been an indirect free-kick against Bidvest Wits, as well as a yellow card to the Bidvest Wits player for simulation.”

Because this was not a case of mistaken identity however, the Review Committee are unable to rescind Leeuwenburgh’s yellow card.

“The yellow card was not shown to a wrong player (mistaken identity), and as such the Review Committee does not have the authority to rescind it,” the statement added.

Cape Town City naturally feel hard-done by, as revealed in their media statement.

“The report confirms that simulation was performed by Bidvest Wits striker Simon Murray to incorrectly receive a penalty, after no contact. The referee should not have awarded the penalty, should have booked Murray and not Leeuwenburgh,” a club statement read.

“Unfortunately, like the Putsche-Masehe incident, the league and SAFA do not have the platform to rectify (retrospectively) such severe errors - leaving Cape Town City with more erroneous results at the hands of refereeing mistakes.”

City, who sit 14th on the Absa Premiership log, next face bottom-placed AmaZulu in a league fixture on Saturday, 27 October.

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