When the beautiful game turns ugly…


Dubbed the ‘beautiful game’, football invokes all sorts of emotions in the sport’s followers, who derive merriment and contentment from the breathtaking showings on the green.

The sight of Zinedine Zidane weaving his magic with his repertoire of roulette or stepovers, Messi slicing the defenders like a hot knife through butter and Hlompho Kekana unleashing thunderbolts.

However, as beautiful as the game can be, there’s a darker side too – remember Zidane at the 2006 Fifa World Cup final. Italian Marco Materrazi can tell the story better.

In the PSL, the locals have also been subjected to the ugly side of the game at times. FARPost picks 10 Moments where the football lovers witnessed a sore sight.

  1. Morgan Gould

While on the books of Kaizer Chiefs in November 2013, defender Morgan Gould shocked all and sundry when he unleashed a lefthook to floor Ethiopian footballer Getaneh Kebede, who turned out for Bidvest Wits then. To everyone’s shock, Gould, who should have been sent off, was allowed to continue with the game. However, the PSL would later charge him with assault and he got a two-match ban.

  1. Gary Goldstone

In September 2008, former Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral described as ‘criminal’ the horrific incident where Maritzburg United defender Gary Goldstone took out Kaizer Chiefs striker Tshepo Bulu with an elbow. It was bad that Bulu had to wear a protective mask for a number matches.

Even Chiefs boss Kaizer Motaung slammed Goldstone for lack of remorse and hammered officials for incompetence in reacting to the way Bulu’s incident was handled.

  1. Gaston Sirino

The temperamental Sundowns attacker launched an illegal attack on SuperSport players – Clayton Daniels and Dean Furman in September 2019. Sirino punched the two players. He was found guilty of assault. Recently the PSL handed Sirino a two-match ban and was ordered to pay a fine of R75 000 of which R25 000 was suspended for a year on condition that he is not found guilty of a similar offence during the period of suspension.

  1. Pitso Mosimane

In September 2018, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane put on his punching skills and his victim was AmaZulu security guard Nathi Ngwenya during a 3-3 draw with AmaZulu in Durban. In 2019 the PSL found Mosimane guilty of assault.

  1. Kaizer Chiefs supporters

When sanity escaped from a few disgruntled Kaizer Chiefs supporters in April 2018, Moses Mabhida Stadium witnessed one of the ugliest scenes in local football.

The loss 2-0 to Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup semifinal was a final straw as they demanded to see the back of coach Steve Komphela, who resigned in the wake of the incident.

  1. Orlando Pirates supporters

In one of the most entertaining duels between Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns, Pitso Mosimane charges put six past the men from Soweto in February. Disenchanted fans, who found it hard to accept the 6-0, invaded the pitch causing damage to property at Loftus Versfeld. Embarrassing stuff.

  1. Rulani Mokwena

During another clash at Loftus in 2018/19 season, there was disruption as a scuffle broke out between Pirates and Sundowns officials shoving and trading blows. The incident was triggered when a fan dressed in Sundowns colours charged at then Pirates assistant coach, Mokwena. Mokwena and Pirates bench, including security, retaliated prompting Downs coach Mosimane to defend the fan by attacking the Pirates entourage. The Sundowns bench joined the party. Players had to get involved in resolving the standoff.

  1. Tshegofatso Mabaso

In October 2019, Orlando Pirates striker Mabaso was the luckiest player in the country. His lunging and career ending tackle on Highlands Park’s Lindokuhle Mbatha was extremely horrible. Mabaso was lucky to remain on the pitch. In the same match he scored from an offside position thanks to poor officiating.

  1. Mogamad de Goete

Sundowns’ Rivaldo Coetzee talent has been docked by injuries throughout his career. Some where he was unlucky but his injury against Stellenbosch in December 2019 at Loftus was pure case of malice on the part of Stellies captain Mogamad de Goete whose 50-50 tackle outraged the Sundowns bench. He was red carded. Sundowns keeper Reyaad Pieterse got dismissed for over the top reaction to the incident.

  1. Samir Nurkovic

The Serbian nicknamed ‘Amapiano’ struck the right keys scoring important goals for Kaizer Chiefs. However in January 2020, Nurkovic was off tune with a nasty tackle on Golden Arrows midfielder Ntsako Makhubela.

      By Hosea Ramphekwa

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