Havoc kicks off at match

2019-03-06 06:03
A mixed crowd confronting the match referee after Kovsies and Bloemfontein Young Tigers ABC Motsepe’s league fixture.Photo: Teboho Setena

A mixed crowd confronting the match referee after Kovsies and Bloemfontein Young Tigers ABC Motsepe’s league fixture.Photo: Teboho Setena

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An eagerly-awaited return fixture of the ABC Motsepe League derby between Bloemfontein Young Tigers and Kovsies was overshadowed by pith invaders and a delayed kick-off.

The two clubs faced off in a return outing at the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Bloemfontein campus on Saturday (02/03).

The visiting team, Tigers, narrowly beat gutsy Kovsies by an odd goal, 1 - 0.

The goal was a penalty converted in the second half of the drama-filled match which kicked off 40 minutes later than the scheduled time.

The fixture was scheduled to start at 15:00, according to the fixture schedule by the South African Football Association (Safa).

The match was delayed after one of the assigned assistant-referees did not pitch.

Kick-off was delayed until the arrival of a suitable assistant-referee.

The game was not allowed to continue with only two match officials in charge and thus a replacement had to be sourced to have three match officials, two assistants and the referee to man the fixture.

The dull game continued with the two clubs huffing and puffing without producing anything worthy to write home about.

The dramatic turn of events came after Kovsies had one player send off after receiving a red card mid-way in the second stanza.

The unhappy player got the marching orders after protesting openly against the referee over apparent questionable decisions that include the decision to penalise him after fouling an opponent.

Emotions flared up when the referee awarded Tigers a penalty which Kovsies’ technical team and fans protested openly.

The emotionally charged derby was an ugly scene of confrontation by what is believed were unhappy Kovsie fans.

However, the unpleasant scene was quelled off by some of the home-team officials.

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