Baxter critical of match officials

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has again hit out at Premiership referees following his side’s 2-0 league victory over AmaZulu.

Referee Thabo Nkosi was caught in a furious protest by Chiefs players after he turned down Matthew Rusike’s appeals for a penalty when the striker appeared to have been brought down inside the AmaZulu area early in the first half.

“The penalty should have been awarded,” Baxter said after the match.

Baxter’s comment comes on the back of his harsh criticism of referees following Chiefs’ 1-1 Soweto derby draw with Orlando Pirates on December 8.

Baxter said the referees should be held accountable for their performances, in the same way players were responsible for theirs.

“Again we are talking referees and I know Safa (SA Football Association) does not like coaches talking about referees for some obscure reason,” Baxter said. “I know referees make mistakes, just as long as they make the same sort of mistakes from game to game.”

Baxter said there had to be consistency in the way the referees made their decisions.

Usuthu coach Craig Rosslee added his weight behind the criticism of referees when he called for a second yellow card for Rusike after the player was booked earlier in the game.

Nkosi did not feel the player was brought down unfairly, but a second yellow should have been awarded according to the rule book.

“Regarding the situation with the penalty, I thought the player (Rusike) was quite clever, he looked for the penalty,” Rosslee said. “If the player has dived, then the referee needs to stand up and be counted and give the player the second yellow card.”

Baxter jokingly added that he was pleased that Rosslee had made such harsh comments about referees, as Safa had cautioned him after his own criticisms.

“I’m glad Craig said all of that, because I received a letter from Safa saying that I shouldn’t comment, otherwise I’ll be disciplined,” Baxter said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Would you choose to continue working from home after the coronavirus lockdown if given the option?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, it's much better for me
40% - 7529 votes
No ways! I can't wait to get back to the office
12% - 2197 votes
A mixture of both would suit me best
48% - 9102 votes
Vote
USD/ZAR
14.39
(-0.8)
GBP/ZAR
19.85
(-0.5)
EUR/ZAR
17.23
(-0.6)
AUD/ZAR
11.12
(+0.2)
JPY/ZAR
0.13
(-0.7)
Gold
1,740.08
(-0.3)
Silver
25.44
(+0.4)
Platinum
1,185.36
(+2.2)
Brent Crude
63.67
(+0.6)
Palladium
2,685.00
(-0.4)
All Share
67,710
(+1.0)
Top 40
61,983
(+1.0)
Financial 15
12,149
(-0.1)
Industrial 25
88,793
(+0.9)
Resource 10
68,823
(+1.5)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo