Former FIFA referee Ace Ncobo says referee Luxolo Badi made three wrong decisions during the MTN8 semi-final second leg between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
The Brazilians won the tie 3-2 on aggregate but attention was on Badi, who appeared to have denied Amakhosi a penalty in the dying minutes of the game.
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Ncobo said the referee made his first wrong decision in the first minute when Peter Shalulile opened the scoring for Masandawana.
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“The players of the team that is not taking the kick-off must be outside the centre-circle,” Ncobo said on SuperSport’s Extra-Time.
“He [Shalulile] is inside the centre circle, which is means he’s infringing the laws of the game, he’s supposed to be called back outside the circle area,” he said.
In the second half of the match, Downs’ Teboho Mokoena appeared to have fouled Chiefs’Edson Castillo but no penalty was given by the officials however, Ncobo said the penalty should have been given.
The most talked about incident was the injury-time penalty appeal. In the 92nd minute, Sundowns new signing Thapelo Maseko appeared to have kicked Mduduzi Mdantsane as he attempted to win the ball but the referee waved play on.
“The defender loses control of the ball, who is then in a better position to take control of the ball? That’s not a 50/50,” Ncobo said as per iDiski Times.
“He [Mdantsane] is in front, he is in possession of the ball and he steps into that space to claim possession of the ball, which he already has.
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“When he is in possession of the ball, the kick comes in and that’s when the referee should’ve decided this is a foul on the attacker, who is in possession of the ball,” said Mr Spot On.