Kermit Erasmus, Marc can Heerden frustrated by PSL refereeing


The issue of poor officiating has been a predominant talking point in the Absa Premiership this season, and it's affecting more than just coaches now.

Several coaches have received letters from the PSL that will lead to charges after venting their anger in public following a number of different incidents this season.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was the first to speak up about the problem but went too far in claiming Kaizer Chiefs were benefitting the most from inconsistencies.

He was followed by former Polokwane City coach Zlatko Krmpotic, who had an issue with Victor Gomes in the MTN8 semifinals back in September, before Benni McCarthy, Steve Komphela and Owen Da Gama all followed suit.

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McCarthy also claimed referees were favouring Chiefs, Komphela said referees needed to respect African culture after some his players were forced to remove traditional attire, while Da Gama had a variety of issues following Highland Park's defeat to Orlando Pirates.

Mpho Makola's emotions got the better of him when Cape Town City lost to Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout, pushing referee Abongile Tom after he awarded a penalty to Amakhosi. He has been charged with assault for the misdemeanour, which could lead to a lengthy ban.

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And these frustrations continued over the weekend in other matches as players from the Citizens and Stellenbosch also made their feelings known on social media.

Kermit Erasmus called for an improvement after City were denied what he felt was a clear penalty in their 2-1 defeat to Black Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.

The striker feels the lack on television coverage makes it easier for poor officiating to continue.

"Nothing new, no TV no penalty!" he tweeted. "All we ask for is better officiating. We work every week extremely hard to give our best for each other and play to win, blatant penalty not given, I’m frustrated!"

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Stellies defender Marc van Heerden echoed Erasmus' sentiments following his side's goalless draw with Highlands Park on Saturday.

"We got a red card yesterday," he replied. "I was brought down after being clear on goal by the last defender and he gets a yellow and a talking to. It's really demoralising."

There has been no clear improvement week on week, even after assistant referee Mervyn van Wyk was suspended for an incorrect offside call in AmaZulu's defeat to Chiefs earlier this season.

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The Soweto Derby on Saturday also produced a few debatable decisions, particularly the foul called on Daniel Cardoso that led to Vincent Pule's stunning equaliser, the penalty for Bernard Parker, and the scuffle that resulted in Erick Mathoho being sent off for retaliation.