Red-carded Troughton flies to Ireland

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Troughton left last night for Ireland to be with his sick father.

“I’m flying to Ireland tonight to attend to my father who is gravely ill. The club chairman has given me his blessing and full support. I will probably be back at the end of the month,” Troughton told snl24.com/kickoff before his departure.

Troughton, who would however have missed Stars’ league game against Hanover Park in Cape Town on Saturday in any event because he is serving a red card suspension, leaves veteran Zambian keeper Davies Phiri and defender Enock Majola in charge.

Troughton, along with Congolese defender and captain Muana Lukalo, are serving suspension after being sent off against Nathi Lions a week ago.

“When referees officiate in the First Division they come with big egos and treat us coaches like school boys. They just use this league to practice their arrogance and prove they have the ability to undermine us,” says an enraged Troughton.

“I am greatly disappointed with the referee who handled our game against Nathi Lions because he seemed not interested in communication.

“I didn’t even know that I had been red carded because we as a club only received a report from the league afterwards stating I am suspended for two games.

“The report says my red card stems from my questioning the referee after the game and asking him why our captain was given a second yellow,” says Troughton.