Orlando Pirates 'Deserved Penalty' vs Mamelodi Sundowns, Themba Zwane Should Have Been Shown Red Card

Orlando Pirates 'Deserved Penalty' vs Mamelodi Sundowns, Themba Zwane Should Have Been Shown Red Card

  • The controversy surrounding events during Mamelodi Sundowns thrilling 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates last Saturday have been put to bed
  • This will irk Buccaneers everywhere, as their anger was vindicated regarding two possibly costly moments during the DStv Premiership encounter
  • Respected former referee Andile "Mr Spot On" Ncobo broke it all down on SuperSport

Orlando Pirates should have been awarded a penalty against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Themba Zwane should have been shown a red card for a dangerous tackle, fact. This was the conclusion of Andile 'Ace' Ncobo on SuperSport's Extra Time while dissecting crucial incidents that occurred in the defending DStv Premiership champions' 1-0 victory over the Buccaneers last Saturday.

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The moments of controversy in the Orlando Pirates vs Mamelodi Sundowns match were confirmed. Image source: SuperSport YouTube.
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Speaking to Thomas Mlambo, Phumduzo Manenzhe and Bongani Khumalo, "Mr Spot On" said:

"The referee is perfectly positioned to see two things [regarding the penalty call]. The first one is a push on the back of the Pirates player, and the second one is a trip. The Bucs player is brought down clearly inside the penalty area. Then the Sundowns player trips the trailing leg. That's what brings the player down. It should have been given as a penalty but wasn't."

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Talking about Zwane's nasty tackle Nkosinathi Sibisi - for which he only received a yellow card -, Ncobo added:

"You look at the incident as it happens at that time. Zwane decides to not go for the ball at all. Goes for the man. Exercises excessive force. It does not matter how cleanly the player [Zwane] has played in the past. When a player does that, using excessive force and posing the danger of injury to the opponent, it's a straight card incident. There is no question about it. How it was given as something else beats me."

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