Gomes has been criticised many a time for always wanting to be the centre of attention. He dishes out red cards like he is giving out sweets to kids and he is not afraid to award penalties when he sees fit to do so.
Gomes was named Referee of the Season at the PSL Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre last night.
“At the end of the day you need to do your job. You need to be open minded and go with a clear mind and give your best. We are human and mistakes are there to be made.
“I think this is the most important thing I can give advice about. To any young referee, never be afraid. You must go there and what your eyes can see and where your feet can take, you must make that decision. I have no problem [being labelled as “Mr Penalty”]. At the end of the day these are critics, I just need to do my job. People will always talk, whether you do right or wrong.”
Gomes won the award ahead of Chris Harrison and Victor Hlungwane.
“I’m humbled. It’s a prestigious award. I take this award on behalf of all the referees in the country, from little league all the way up to professional league. It’s important to acknowledge refereeing is not an individual sport, it’s a team sport. Without referees, football would be very difficult.”
Zakhele Siwela, who will be officiating at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, won the Assistant Referee of the Season award.