Tim Spirit: Don’t be big crybabies about how the whistle blows

2015-04-13 09:00

The culture of misbehaviour that is slowly creeping into football should be nipped in the bud.

What we saw last week, when Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane charged at referee Thabo Nkosi after the final whistle of their game against Mpumalanga Black Aces, is unacceptable.

A day later, we witnessed barbaric behaviour from Bafana’s top goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, who remonstrated uncontrollably with referee Phillip Tinyani, forcing the official to send him for an early shower (or a late one, as the game was nearing its end).

Khune should know that showing dissent by words or action is one of seven questionable offences under Fifa’s law 12. He breached both, justifying his sending off.

For the record, Khune was handed two yellow cards, followed by a red – in the space of seconds.

Khune then took to social media to vent his anger.

“It’s about time action is taken against this referees by @OfficialPSL.

“They’ve been very poor since beginning of the season.

“It’s unfair hw we are painted bad for our actions on de field bt we are provoked by thse referees, can cal me names but I stand 4 what’s right [sic all]” he tweeted after the game.

This is totally unacceptable, as he was inciting supporters against match officials.

On Wednesday evening, Mosimane hit the roof after Nkosi disallowed a goal, which would have sealed the game for him.

He went on to sarcastically say Nkosi stole the show and deserved to be man of the match.

However, television replays clearly show Nkosi’s call was the correct one, as goal scorer Bongani Zungu fouled goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

By saying Sundowns had to wait for seven years to win their first trophy, Mosimane insinuated that there were conspiracies against his club.

He whinged that he was the only coach who received heavy fines – forgetting he was also the only one with an anger problem.

The same Mosimane did not notice the penalty awarded to his team had not been legitimate, as Hlompho Kekana clearly took a dive to win the spot kick.

Mosimane also questioned Aces’ goal, arguing goalkeeper Denis Onyango was fouled. Interestingly, Jingles did not agree with Nkosi’s call on Zungu’s challenge to Mabokgwane.

That Nkosi did not issue a foul on Onyango did mean he could not do so against Mabokgwane. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

There’s no doubt we are again in that time of the season when the spotlight falls on officiating.

What we witnessed this week was just the tip of the iceberg, as rowdy behaviour has slowly been creeping into our game – and it should be rooted out by authorities.

We are not in England or Europe, where players can argue with match officials willy-nilly.

We have different cultures.

Khune may have gotten away with his behaviour in England – without suffering even a yellow card.

But we have our own upbringing in South Africa. Many kids watch soccer. To them, the likes of Khune and Pitso are role models.

They look up to them and want to emulate them – so players must lead from the front.

I am a big fan of Mosimane, but his behaviour is letting him down. He sounds like a crybaby.

It will be interesting to see what action – if any – the league will take against the two.

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