Rulani Mokwena Fumes Over Controversial Referee Consultations During Mamelodi Sundowns’ Fixtures

Rulani Mokwena Fumes Over Controversial Referee Consultations During Mamelodi Sundowns’ Fixtures

Byron Pillay
April 16, 2024 at 11:16 AM
  • Rulani Mokwena is still furious after Moroka Swallows' equaliser was allowed to stand
  • Swallows scored a late goal through Gabadinho Mhango, which was disallowed at first
  • Mowkena questioned who the referee was consulting with when the league has no VAR

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Rulani Mokwena is not holding back when it comes to his thoughts about the decisions that have gone against Mamelodi Sundowns this season.

The Sundowns boss was left speechless after the game between Moroka Swallows and his side after the Dube Birds were awarded a late goal.

Rulani Mokwena is still upset with the referee who allowed Moroka Swallows goal to stand after it was ruled out.
Rulani Mokwena has questioned who the referee was consulting with when South Africa didn't have VAR in place. Image: Khaled Desouki.
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Gabadinho Mhango scored Swallows’ second goal, but it was initially disallowed for offside.

After a lengthy consultation, the referee decided to award the goal, but Mokwena can’t understand who the referee was consulting.

As noted by iDiskiTimes, Mokwena questioned why the officials were in consultation when South Africa did not have a Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) system in use.

It’s not a mistake, the assistant ref puts the flag for offside, and then they consult, who are you consulting? Who is Jelly consulting? You tell me. He went to the assistant referee? VAR? We have VAR in South Africa all of a sudden?”

Mokwena’s lengthy tirade over decisions

The Brazilians’ boss further questioned why Sundowns were on the receiving end of these ‘consultations’, saying that it was the third time it happened this season and was harming South African football's reputation.

He also said such decisions would prove costly to the teams at the bottom of the league and that he wasn’t fighting the issue because of what happened to his team but because of the smaller teams affected.

“If Richards Bay gets relegated by one point, what are you going to say, and then the coach gets fired? What are you going to say? You will all write he is fired and forget how he’s fired. It’s not right, but it is what it is. You see where we are going,” Mokwena said.

Mokwena dumbfounded by decision

Sports Brief earlier reported that Mokwena was unhappy with the referee’s decision against his side.

Mamelodi Sundowns were leading Moroka Swallows 2-1 when Gabandinho Mhango scored a late equaliser.

The linesman deemed it offside originally, but the referee overturned the decision, much to Mokwena’s annoyance.

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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.