Cape Town - Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy slammed the officiating on display as 'diabolical' following their Telkom Knockout defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.
City led through striker Kermit Erasmus' 34th-minute strike but Samir Nurkovic's 84th-minute equaliser sent the game to extra-time and eventually penalties, where Chiefs triumphed 4-2 on spot-kicks.
And McCarthy seemed to take issue with the standard of refereeing, which he described as 'diabolical'.
"They say coaches when you lose you complain about the referee, but it was plain to see the referees today was diabolical," the Citizens mentor told SuperSport TV.
"You know, (my) players could’ve been injured long term with some challenges, there were certain instances where players could’ve been injured.”
Despite the defeat, the City boss thought his side were the better of the two on the day but had only themselves to blame due to their wastefulness in front of goal.
"We played football. We opened their defence apart, one-on-one with the goalkeeper and we didn’t put the ball in the net. Kermit (chance) 2-0 up, I think Chiefs don’t come back," said Bafana's all-time leading goalscorer.
"Overall, it was a great game of football. Today we showed what a great team we are, what a team we can be if we learn to bloody score more than one.
"You score one and then you're happy instead of getting a second, a third or a fourth, and we come to shoot ourselves in the end."
- TeamTalk Media