...By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
Kaizer Chiefs Accused of Benefiting from Penalties and Red Cards
Stellenbosch FC coach Steve Barker has accused Kaizer Chiefs of benefiting from too many penalties and red cards.
This follows Stellies’ 2-1 loss to Amakhosi last weekend, in which they conceded a red card and penalty.
Barker expressed his frustration with the refereeing performance, claiming that it was one of the worst he had ever witnessed.
He also insinuated that Kaizer Chiefs practiced against 10 players and penalties, as that’s all they seem to play against.
Barker’s comments have raised questions about the fairness of match officials and whether Kaizer Chiefs are favored.
Retired Match Official Responds
Former FIFA match official Victor Hlongwani has responded to Barker’s comments with some blunt views.
Hlongwani praised the speed of Kaizer Chiefs players such as Ashley Du Preez, Christian Saile, and Keagan Dolly, stating that many times defenders are caught off guard.
He suggested that Barker should focus on doing his job and that the red card given to Sage Stephens was a good decision.
Hlongwani also noted that two goalkeepers have been sent off because of Dolly’s clever play.
The accusation that Kaizer Chiefs benefit from too many penalties and red cards is a serious one that questions the fairness of match officials.
While Barker’s frustration is understandable, it’s important to remember that the decisions made by referees are subjective and can be influenced by many factors.
It’s also possible that Kaizer Chiefs’ playing style simply puts their opponents under pressure and leads to mistakes.
Hlongwani’s response suggests that Barker’s comments may be unwarranted and that Kaizer Chiefs’ success is due to the skill and speed of their players.
Overall, this debate highlights the intense scrutiny that surrounds professional football and the importance of fair play and impartial refereeing.