Get tough on dirty play — Ertugral

2008-09-16 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Kaizer Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral yesterday called for Premier Soccer League’s referees to get tough on dirty play.

The Turkish-born coach is still fuming over the injury to his striker, Tshepo Bulu, who had his nose and a cheek bones broken by Maritzburg United defender, Gary Goldstone, during Amakhosi’s 3-2 loss to the PSL newcomers in an Absa Premiership clash played last weekend in Chatsworth.

The referee during that brutal battle, Abdul Ebrahim, also sent off Chiefs striker José Torrealba in the MTN 8 semi-final second leg against Moroka Swallows last month. The Venezuelan star returns to lead the Chiefs attack after serving an automatic two-game suspension.

Ertugral is worried about the way Downs players attacked SuperSport United winger Anthony Laffor, who was taken to hospital with concussion after a crunching challenge from Downs defender Shere Lekgothoane in the cup semi-finals.

Ertugral also singled out Downs’ other hot-headed defender, Mbulelo “OJ” Mabizela, as a flash point: “We all know Mabizela likes to get stuck in. But what we want is for football and not fists to win on Saturday.”

Ertugral said he expected Downs to target their former team-mate Torrealba. “We know Torrealba will be a marked man playing against his former club.

“I just ask that the referee protects him, and that matters not get out of hand as they did in the kicking match that United gave us.”

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