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Middendorp tired of referee talk

Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)
Ernst Middendorp (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has urged the media not to harp on about referees after the issue was once again brought to light by Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane.

Mosimane has accused Chiefs of gaining an unfair advantage from referees in recent weeks and was triggered even further in the 2-0 defeat to Chiefs when he took issue with Samir Nurkovic's first goal.

But Middendorp, who was conciliatory in his post-match press conference, refused to get embroiled in a heated exchange with Mosimane over what he believes would be a futile debate.

"Really guys, let's (think about this), 'Nah, it's offside' – are we talking about a situation where it could probably be a handball and a penalty? What the hell are we doing? Let's let it go," said Middendorp as quoted by KickOff.

"Today it's your advantage; tomorrow it's your advantage; I've seen on Wednesday in a game (Sundowns vs Highlands Park) where I believe there was a very clear situation and it should have been a penalty, but should we discuss each and every action?

"Now you're telling me, 'Oh, it was offside' or whatever. The referee has very clearly indicated it was a goal and that’s it. Holy Ghost! I really, I think let’s stop this because some stuff you must see, we address it to the wrong people.

"The referees are administrators and teachers, and if you want to have a better – what are you talking about, professionalism? Address it to the PSL; address it to SAFA and don’t follow these guys who do their best.

"And I will just repeat it again and again, whether you like it or not."

- TeamTalk Media

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