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Kaizer Chiefs' Penalty vs Maritzburg United: Ace 'VAR' Ncobo Has His Say
- The penalty Kaizer Chiefs received against Maritzburg United last Saturday was correct
- This is the opinion of the Premier Soccer League's general manager Andile 'Ace' Ncobo
- 'VAR' was more disappointed that the referee was not more convincing with his decision
It was a penalty!
Yes, the controversial spot kick that led to Kaizer Chiefs claiming an entertaining 3-2 victory over Maritzburg United last Saturday was the correct call.
This is the opinion of SuperSport pundit and the Premier Soccer League's newly-appointed general manager, Andile 'VAR' Ncobo, who said on Extra Time:
"One thing that incenses me is when the referee makes the right decision, but he goes about it the wrong way. He does not carry the strength of conviction at that moment. He does not even point to the penalty mark."
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Ncobo explained a holding offence occurred only when a player's contact with an opponent's body or equipment impeded movement. He added that included blocking.
"The referee blows the whistle. At no point does he indicate that it is a penalty. I do not know who he is conversing with because it is his call and his call alone. He can't even get the far-side official to help him in that instance. He blows his whistle. He has seen the foul. At no stage does he point to the penalty mark."
'VAR' also mentioned the positioning of the players' arm.
"Is it impeding the player from keeping possession or gaining possession of the ball? Whether or not it causes him to fall is a secondary consideration."
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