PSL

Benni slams standard of PSL referees

Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)
Benni McCarthy (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Town City FC coach Benni McCarthy believes the standard of refereeing in the PSL is poor, following match official Khulasande Qongo's display against his team.

The Citizens lost 1-0 to Orlando Pirates on Tuesday after a late Thabo Qalinge strike.

However, City were denied earlier by a seemingly legitimate goal after Qongo ruled that Lehlohonolo Majoro kicked the ball out of goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands' hands to score.

As such, McCarthy bemoaned the standard of officiating in the Absa Premiership.

He told the reporters, "I think it was a nice game for the fans to see. I have certainly enjoyed myself even though I might have looked a bit frustrated. South Africa needs to up our refereeing a little bit.

"I think for me that's our biggest thing that's keeping our football a little bit behind, because you see the quality and the talent out there.

"The referee killed a little bit a good game of football. But‚ ja‚ when you are on the losing side people are always going to say‚ ‘Excuses‚ excuses’.

"But I say this every week now‚ since I've started my coaching career. Every game I've not been happy with the referee with their decision-making, when you score legitimate goals and then it gets disallowed without even giving the coaches an explanation on why.

"When you watch European football‚ referees give the coach an explanation because they've got the right to know why goals were disallowed. And here it's, ‘Our way or the highway’."

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