‘Getting yellow cards like hotcakes’

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Cape Umoya United coach Dominic Isaacs has raised a concern on match officials after his players accumulated 19 yellow cards in just seven matches.

Before this past weekend GladAfrica Championship matches, Umoya were the team with most yellow cards in the league with 16, but that number went up following three more yellow cards against Jomo Cosmos on Sunday – a match Umoya lost 1-0 in Giyani, Limpopo.

The bad disciplinary record is nothing new to the cape side having accumulated 15 yellows and 1 Red card in their first seven League matches last season, their debut season.

But the 37-year-old who took over from Roger De Sa has called for fairness from the match officials.

“I don’t want favours; I just want a fair game and that’s all I am asking for. If it’s a handball it’s a handball and if it’s a push it’s a push,” Isaacs told FARPost.co.za.

My players lately have been getting yellow cards like hotcakes, yellow cards every week. But if the opposition commits the same mistakes, they don’t get punished so I don’t know if the rules apply to one team and doesn’t apply to others.

“I just want a fair game that’s all. It’s already difficult to come here (Giyani Stadium) to play under such a heat, coming from Cape Town flying and get into a nine-hour bus trip (from Johannesburg).”

2019/20 Glad Africa Championship Disciplinary Records:

Cape Umoya United: 19 yellow cards/0 Red

Free State Stars: 11 yellow cards/0 Red

Ajax Cape Town: 10 yellow cards/0 Red

University of Pretoria: 9 yellow cards/1 Red

TS Sporting: 8 yellow cards/1 Red

Steenberg: 8 yellow cards/0 Red

Mbombela United: 8 yellow cards/ 0 Red

Swallows FC: 7 yellow cards/0 Red

Royal Eagles: 7 yellow cards/0 Red

Tshakhuma: 6 yellow cards/1 Red

Richards Bay: 6 yellow cards/0 Red

Real Kings: 6 yellow cards/0 Red

Jomo Cosmos: 5 yellow cards/0 Red

Uthongathi: 2 yellow cards/0 Red

TS Galaxy: 0 yellow cards/0 Red

Ofhani Munyai

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