Eric Tinkler: Cape Town City Coach Furious at Standards of Refereeing in Game Against SuperSport

Eric Tinkler: Cape Town City Coach Furious at Standards of Refereeing in Game Against SuperSport

Robert Abong'o
February 29, 2024 at 11:20 AM
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  • Eric Tinkler was not happy with the referees in his team's latest game
  • Cape Town City drew 1-1 with SuperSport United in the DStv Premiership
  • Tinkler urged the media to investigate the frequency of whistle-usage

Cape Town City head coach, Eric Tinkler, has voiced his frustration regarding the standard of refereeing following their 1-1 draw against SuperSport United at the DHL Stadium.

The result disappointed Tinkler as his team missed an opportunity to widen the gap between them and the Matsatsantsa.

He urged the South African media to investigate the frequency of referees stopping the match using the whistle. He believes that referees in South Africa excessively stop play, disrupting the game's flow.

Cape Town City head coach, Eric Tinkler. Photo: Feith Belaid.
Eric Tinkler was not happy with the level of refereeing against SuperSport United. Photo: Feith Belaid.
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“Find out the stats. I'm actually going to do it myself. The stats in the EPL, how many times does the referee blow his whistle in 90 minutes of football? I’m pretty sure here in South Africa we must be top in the world because our referees blow the whistle every opportunity he gets,” Tinkler stated, as quoted by iDiski Times.

He highlighted instances where he felt referees made incorrect calls, disrupting the game's momentum. The manager stressed the need for consistency in officiating decisions to maintain fairness throughout matches.

Reflecting on specific incidents from the game, he criticized the referee's handling of fouls and offside calls, urging them to allow play to continue whenever possible rather than halting the game unnecessarily.

Tinkler's frustration with refereeing standards comes just days after he disclosed the secret of his team's successful performance against Mamelodi Sundowns in the PSL in December last year.

He said the team implemented a strategic approach to halt Masandawana's winning streak.

"Sole decided that we will be looking at going at them. When I watched those clips, AmaZulu was 1-0 down, and all of a sudden, they were back in the match; why? Because they started pressing, so I think if you press them, you can be fortunate," as reported by Soccer Laduma.

Cape Town City extend Taahir Goedeman's contract

Sports Brief reported that Cape Town City extended Taahir Goedeman's contract by four years.

This decision marks Goedeman as the second player to receive an extended contract from the club.

At 24 years old, he has proven himself a pivotal player, particularly since his breakthrough in the 2021/22 DStv Premiership season.

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