SuperSport United head coach Kaitano Tembo has called for referees to be brave.
Tembo was reacting to Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Gaston Sirino’s dangerous tackle on SuperSport defender Clayton Daniels in the Tshwane derby at Loftus Stadium, where the Brazilians beat Matsatsantsa a Pitori 1-0 to advance to the next stage of Nedbank Cup.
Sirino escaped by the skin on his teeth after his malicious tackle didn’t lead him to taking an early shower.
The attacker launched a nasty tackle on Daniels. Despite the severity of the tackle, referee Luxolo Badi cautioned Sirino. Tembo was not convinced by the decision.
“I am not one person who really dwells on that. Probably from where I was sitting, I saw a two-footed tackle. It’s up to the referee. Referees have got to be brave and take decisions because it’s no use for us to come here and talk about it.
“Probably we don’t talk, it’s a bit easy for officials to take those decisions. Nevertheless, for me the referee if he goes back after the game and he watches that game…as long as he has a clear conscience that he did the right thing, it’s up to him,” said Tembo.
Tembo’s counterpart Pitso Mosimane weighed in on his influential midfielder’s conduct. “My initial reaction was to take Sirino out but it’s the best thing you can do. Take him out.
“You need him for the league. You know he has got a fuse that he blows, and he plays into the opponents’ hands,” said Mosimane.
“There was a time where he was racing with the ball and Teboho Mokoena came from behind and kept pulling him and the referee never picked it up. Gaston swung his hand. It’s normal. You see it anywhere. That’s when the referee saw it. What am I going to do? These things happen,” added Mosimane, who revealed he cautioned Sirino.
“We need him, but they know they have to deal with him because he is our attack also. It’s part of the game. That normally happens. It’s okay,” concluded the Sundowns mentor.
Last year Sirino was charged with assault and bringing the league into disrepute following incident with Daniels on September 18 in the MTN8 second leg clash.
The case is yet to be resolved.
By Hosea Ramphekwa