Steve's message to 'stressed' Sirino

Telkom Knockout

Golden Arrows coach Steve Komphela has revealed what he told Gaston Sirino as the Mamelodi Sundowns player left the pitch following his red card.

Sundowns finished the match with 10 players after the Uruguayan received a straight red card and was booed by supporters during his side's 2-1 victory on Saturday.

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Komphela, however, showed his class despite the defeat by offering support to the Uruguayan, who is suffering from 'stress' according to a medical certificate Sundowns submitted to PSL prosecutor Nande Becker.

As Sirino left the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium pitch Komphela went to the midfielder to comfort him, and speaking with the media afterwards revealed what he said to the opposition player.

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"I just told him to stay calm, these things happen in football," Komphela said.

"I mean you can imagine this guy walks across the park all by himself. What is going through his mind? And already there's a lot of stuff hanging above his head, supposed to be going to hearings and all that.

"His bench is on the other side, he's coming through, we are sport people we know what's going through his mind, and all you say to him is 'listen, keep your head up, these things happen'."

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Sirino's disciplinary hearing is now on Wednesday and he is likely to receive another suspension on top of the two-match ban he will serve for his latest offence.