Referee Controversy Mars Premier Soccer League Match at Orlando Stadium

Controversial refereeing decision mars Orlando Pirates vs AmaZulu match, sparking outrage and scrutiny over officiating in the Premier Soccer League.

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Israel Ojoko
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Referee Controversy Mars Premier Soccer League Match at Orlando Stadium

Referee Controversy Mars Premier Soccer League Match at Orlando Stadium

A Premier Soccer League match between Orlando Pirates vs AmaZulu at Orlando Stadium, attended by nearly 10,000 fans, was overshadowed by a controversial refereeing decision on Saturday.

In the 22nd minute, referee Cedric Muvhali sent off AmaZulu defender Abubaker Mobara for a challenge on Patrick Maswanganyi, despite replays suggesting Mobara had touched the ball first.

The incident sparked outrage from AmaZulu, who felt they were already hard done by in their previous Nedbank Cup quarter-final defeat to Pirates, which they lost 4-2. AmaZulu coach Pablo Franco Martin complained about poor officiating in that match as well.

Why this matters: The controversial refereeing decisions have once again brought the quality and fairness of officiating in the Premier Soccer League under scrutiny. Fans and teams are increasingly frustrated by perceived mistakes that directly impact match outcomes and the integrity of the competition.

Despite being reduced to 10 men, AmaZulu put up a stubborn defensive display and held Pirates at bay until the 75th minute. Tshegofatso Mabasa finally broke the deadlock for the hosts, scoring the winning goal after being set up by Monnapule Saleng.

The 1-0 victory moved Pirates up to second place in the league table, though Stellenbosch could reclaim that position with a win or draw against TS Galaxy on Sunday.

The match was attended by 9,874 spectators at the iconic Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. However, the main talking point after the game was the referee's controversial decision to dismiss Mobara. "The referee killed the game. It was never a red card," lamented AmaZulu coach Martin in his post-match interview. Pirates coach Jose Riveiro declined to comment on the officiating, preferring to focus on his team's hard-fought win in a tense encounter.

Key Takeaways

  • Controversial refereeing decision overshadowed Orlando Pirates vs AmaZulu match
  • AmaZulu defender Mobara sent off despite replays suggesting he touched the ball first
  • AmaZulu coach complained about poor officiating in their previous match against Pirates
  • Despite being a man down, AmaZulu held Pirates until the 75th minute when Mabasa scored
  • Pirates coach declined to comment on the officiating, focusing on his team's hard-fought win