Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena has refused to comment on the pandemonium regarding certain teams ‘benefiting’ from poor refereeing.
There is a growing concern over performance and to some extant the competence of the match officials following a series of embarrassing decisions lately.
Pirates were also beneficiaries of the poor officiating during their Telkom Knockout match against rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday when a legitimate goal by Samir Nurković was disallowed.
“The only thing where you can get your benefits is from medical aid so fortunately Orlando Pirates has got a sponsor from Standard bank, so no comment,” he said.
Mokwena has urged the football fraternity to support the match officials and stop criticising them.
“I am going to reiterate what I said during the week – the officials need help. It doesn’t help bashing the referees as it’s not going to help with anything. We need to support them, and we need to find solutions to improve the standard of officiating in this country and I will leave it as that,” Mokwena added.
The Buccaneers were also fortunate at the Moses Mabhida Stadium when Thembinkosi Lorch only received a yellow card in an incident where he seemed to have fouled Khama Billiat in the first half.
In the end, Pirates lost 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 stalemate over two hours, including extra time.
By Ofhani Munyai