In an off-the-ball incident, the Zimbabwean deliberately swung an elbow at Lekgwathi which brushed the Orlando Pirates captain’s face, but didn’t even get a yellow card.
However, the striker is not yet off the hook as the PSL might review the incident and suspend him. In 2008, Gary Goldstone only got away with a yellow card when he elbowed Chiefs’ Tshepo Bulu, but after the PSL reviewed the incident he received a two-match ban and a R50 000 fine, of which R40000 was suspended for 12 months.
KickOff.com contacted the League about incident, but they were unwilling to comment until receiving a report first.
“The PSL will study the match report from the match commissioner and the match officials. Thereafter, the League will decide on what further steps to take based on the report.”
Salie, who now serves on SAFA’s referees committee, believes referee Phillip Tinyani should have sent Musona off.
“That was a straight red card,” Salie tells KickOff.com. “You can’t do that and get away with it. Sometimes referees go into big matches with the mentality that they want to let the match flow without interrupting it; as a result they let fouls go unpunished.
“When opposition players see that they want to retaliate because they know nothing will happen and that can result in the match getting out of hand. There were couple of tackles that were unpunished as well, like the one on Daine Klate. But otherwise the match was good, I enjoyed it.”
Salie, who these days focuses on developing young referees, says he has been disappointed by the standard of the officials this season.
“There’s only been one round of League matches played plus a couple in the [MTN8 Cup], so it’s still early, but the standard of officiating has dropped a little bit. What we have seen so far is not the highest of standards.
“We will be meeting now in September to talk about what we can do to improve the standard of refereeing.”
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