Mamelodi Sundowns coach Mosimane hints at wrongdoing after loss to Orlando Pirates

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The Buccaneers won the match 3-0 courtesy of Kermit Erasmus’ brace and a late Lehlohonolo Majoro strike, but the big talking point came at the start of the second half, when play was held up as Pirates officially lodged a complaint.

The issue supposedly stems from the fact that Schut’s playing card had expired, but Mosimane questioned how exactly Pirates would know that – and why they only looked at the Dutch defender’s card.

“I don’t believe we could have won this match whichever way,” ‘Jingles’ said after the game.

“First, I find it very, very strange that Orlando Pirates go to Alje Schut’s card that is within our books. How do they know that? Straight to Alje’s card and no-one else?

“There must be something … I don’t know, but I don’t want to go anywhere because I know what will happen to me; I’ll get suspended.

“But I find it very strange that Orlando Pirates go straight to Alje Schut’s card and say the card what, what, what. How do they know that? How do I know what’s happening in Orlando Pirates’ book? We would have never won this game.”

His counterpart at Pirates, Vladimir Vermezovic, refused to be drawn into the saga.

“This is an issue with the cards and it doesn’t matter for us,” he said after the game. “We always like to play against strong opponents. The captain, it’s their player … it’s administration.

“I don’t know what’s going on, so he played … at the end of the day for us it’s more important [to get] three points.”

Reflecting on the game, Mosimane added: “We created so many chances, but that’s South African football for you. But I’m not going to speak … I’ll just keep calm and go home and say credit to Orlando Pirates, they won the game very, very fairly.”