Steve Komphela has come out in defence of Mamelodi Sundowns counterpart Pitso Mosimane over the yellow card fiasco that has caught the eye of PSL prosecutor Nande Becker.
Last week Sundowns were criticised for the corner-kick fiasco against Bloemfontein Celtic that resulted in several players deliberately picking up yellow cards to ensure earlier suspensions.
Mosimane admitted after the match that Gaston Sirino, Mosa Lebusa, Hlompho Kekana and Sibusiso Vilakazi needed to pick up their fourth yellow cards so that they missed the Nedbank Cup game against VUT instead of other more difficult matches.
The club's actions have since caught the attention of PSL prosecutor Nande Becker, who could charge Sundowns with misconduct under FIFA rules or bringing the game into disrepute under the League's rules.
Gaston Sirino, Hlompho Kekana and Sibusiso Vilakazi were all handed yellow cards for time wasting, within the space of two minutes, in Sundowns' victory over Bloem Celtic. Ace Ncobo believes that there is no place in football for this type of behaviour.#AbsaPremiership pic.twitter.com/3Vy5HSzIhY— SuperSport ?? (@SuperSportTV) February 25, 2020
Many also compared the incident to Golden Arrows' actions against SuperSport United where some players were accused of doing the same to save themselves for the Durban derby against AmaZulu.
"You are in a business and if you are in business they are going to write about you, whether you like it or not," says Komphela ahead of their clash with Highlands Park on Saturday (15h30).
"And if something is similar to what has been discussed and it closely relates to what you did, you have to face the music and say 'okay, I was involved and it's true'.
"It happens. Some of the yellow cards are legit and we say according to the rules and regulations, if a player gets a yellow card for time-wasting, let it be.
"But we also give respect to the game in any way. There are moments where you feel you have to be clean, there are moments where you feel I have to hold back and the play goes on for no apparent reason, picks up a yellow card and then you say it was recourse where a player picks a yellow card and it was not supposed to be. We don't complain."
Komphela believes football coaches have a role to play in making sure these tactics don't come across as disrespect towards the game.
"But as it is, I agree it doesn't have to be so blatant that it doesn't show respect to the game, but sometimes we have to go to these processes," he defends.
"You can't condone it but it happens and that's how it is. One, you are trying to make responsible comments and have to be responsible in action, be strategic and plan.
"If I were to say I'm up against my dad, how do you plan to bring them down when you love them? So whichever way you go about it, it hurts. At some stage it has to happen.
"So whether you knock him down by fist or you put a trap when they fell down, you have done service to your father. It had to be done."
The Arrows coach further says the rules and regulations must always be followed, but if there is a way of breaking them for the team, anyone can do it as long as it doesn't bring the game into dispute.
"There are certain things that must happen. How they happen or come across can be bad. If we are caught by rules and regulations, then you abandon, but if the rules are open to exploit and manipulate, what can we do? We do that.
"I mean look at professional fouls, a football player runs and the next player is out there to attack and pulls a shirt, you get a yellow card.
"Listen, you had to pull a shirt. One for the team we call it. Why can't it be one for the team here?"