Mamelodi Sundowns Benefit From Another Controversial Call, Fans Claim Brazilians Are Paying Refs

Mamelodi Sundowns Benefit From Another Controversial Call, Fans Claim Brazilians Are Paying Refs

Byron Pillay
updated at April 10, 2024 at 6:50 AM
  • Mamelodi Sundowns remain unbeaten in the DStv Premiership after their latest 1-0 win
  • Sundowns beat Cape Town Spurs, but some feel they benefitted from a controversial call
  • Fans have accused the team of bribing the officials after an incident in the Premiership tie

Mamelodi Sundowns are at the centre of controversy once more.

The DStv Premiership champions are still dealing with the complaint laid by Young Africans following their CAF Champions League clash and have now been embroiled in more drama.

Mamelodi Sundowns benefitted from another controversial call  during a game.
Mamelodi Sundowns have been accused by fans of bribing officials to get calls go their way after the game against Cape Town Spurs on April 9, 2024. Image: @SLLocal.
Source: Twitter

Sundowns beat Cape Town Spurs 1-0 in the league on April 9, but the manner in which they grabbed the lone goal has got fans talking.

Masandawana were awarded a penalty in the first half of the fixture after Peter Shalulile was fouled.

Luis Ribeiro Costa stepped up to convert the spot kick to give the Brazilians the lead, but the decision to award it has become a talking point.

Why is there controversy with the penalty?

While there is no debate that Shalulile was fouled, fans are upset over the fact that he wasn’t fouled in the box.

The striker was impeded outside the 18-yard area but fell into the box.

Sundowns’ other controversial moment

Fans on social media are now accusing the Pretoria-based side of bribing officials, as they are also dealing with Yanga’s match-fixing allegations.

As noted by SABC Sport, the Tanzanian side lodged an official complaint with SAFA after they were denied a goal in their CAF CL quarter-final tie.

Stephane Aziz Ki thought he had scored the game's winner, but the VAR ruled the whole of the ball's circumference had not crossed the line.

Fans accuse Sundowns of cheating

With the latest controversial decision going their way as well, rival supporters have taken to social media to comment on how the team always seems to benefit.

@sabelostorm commented:

"Another brown envelope from Mamelodi Sundowns. Peter Shalulile was tackled outside the box, and he fell inside the box. The referee pointed to the penalty spot."

@Sheldon_RS17 tried to see the lighter side:

"How's that a penalty? Shalulile was brought down just outside the box, and the referee gave a penalty 😂."

@KefuweMahlangu2 added:

"Sundowns benefitting again 😂😂😂😂😂. You can't convince me that this referee wasn't given a brown envelope before the game.😂😂😂"

Yanga coach fumes over controversial call

Sports Brief also reported how Young Africans’ coach, Manuel Gamondi, was upset with the decision not to award his team a goal.

Yanga had a goal disallowed against Sundowns in the CAF Champions League quarter-finals, with the VAR making the final call.

Gamondi expressed disappointment in the match officials after his side crashed out of the tournament as a result of the call.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.