Referees are not consistent – Barker


Stellenbosch head coach Steve Barker has raised his concerns over what he calls inconsistency by match officials in the Absa Premiership.

This follows an incident during Stellies’s 2-1 defeat to Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday where referee Eugene Mdluli failed to send off Leopards defender Khuliso Mudau.

Mudau who was given a yellow card in the 35th minute was let off the hook by Mdluli minutes later after deliberately falling inside the penalty box in order to get a penalty.

“Yeah at the end of the day of you give a free kick for a player diving it’s a yellow because diving is a bookable offence. But because he (Mudau) has a previous yellow he doesn’t want to give him the second yellow so there is no consistency,” Barker told reporters after the match.

“First half they gave a penalty from a nothing free kick which you know hit out player on the leg it could have been a penalty I am not sure but we also have a penalty which doesn’t get given so it’s a bit tough on us,” he said.

Stellenbosch remain 11th on the log tied on 24 points with Cape Town City who have a superior goal difference.

They face Maritzburg United next in the last 32 round of the Nedbank Cup.

 By Ofhani Munyai

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