- Ugly scenes marred the end of Mamelodi Sundowns' dramatic encounter against Marumo Gallants last night
- The defending DStv Premiership champions defeated the visitors 1-0 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium
- Gallants players and coaching staff were seen confronting the referee and linesmen after a late goal was disallowed for offside
Unpleasant scenes blighted the DStv Premiership encounter between Mamelodi Sundowns and Marumo Gallants last night.
The defending DStv Premiership champions defeated Marumo Gallants courtesy of Sphelele Mkhulise's 27th-minute goal for a 1-0 win.
According to Sport24 via AFP, Gallants, who sank to last place after the loss, had a last-minute goal correctly disallowed for offside, but the visitors were furious at the decision.
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Marumo, who sank to last place after the loss, had a last-minute goal correctly disallowed for offside, but the visitors were furious at the decision. Many of the losing players surrounded the referee when he blew for full-time, forcing security officials to enter the field and escort the match officials to safety.
Marumo coach Dan Malesela refused to comment on the offside decision, while Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena said he "feared being fined by the league" if he discussed it.
A disappointed Malesela said at the post-match media conference:
"We always expected it to be tough. We struggled in the first half maybe because of certain placements. We then brought in some fresh blood in some other players. It could have gone somewhere, it could have favoured us but you can't control certain situations. I am not going to complain about other things. I leave it to God."
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Mamelodi Sundowns had to work very hard for a 1-0 win against Marumo Gallants in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday evening.
Sphelele Mkhulise opened the scoring for the defending champions in the first half, but this did not deter the visitors from making a nuisance of themselves, Sports Brief reported.
Gallants were denied a late, late equaliser that came via a free-kick, which was chalked off for offsides by the officials.