- South African football legend Benni McCarthy believes more goals will be scored in the PSL if the standard of refereeing improves
- The outspoken coach of Cape Town City FC has appeared before the PSL Disciplinary Committee twice in 2017/18 for criticising match officials
- McCarthy, Pitso Mosimane, Gavin Hunt and Roger da Sa have all been critical of PSL officials during the last season
South African football legend Benni McCarthy has joined the call for more goals to be scored in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and given his opinion about what needs to be done for this to happen. McCarthy believes if the standard of refereeing improves more goals will be scored.
McCarthy’s calls have been echoed by other coaches in the PSL during the 2017/18 season. Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt and Platinum Stars boss Roger da Sa have at various stages been left angered, frustrated and concerned with match officials.
The 2017/18 season will go down in history as the lowest scoring season of the PSL ever to take place. Only 490 league goals were scored in the 240 matches to have taken place. This represents a worrying drop of 10% over the previous season.
Briefly.co.za gathered that McCarthy is currently the coach of Cape Town City FC and has appeared in front of the PSL’s Disciplinary Committee twice in the last season for criticising match officials.
McCarthy is never one to mince words and said while the standard of play and coaching in the PSL was steadily improving, the same could not be said of refereeing.
Sport24.com reported that McCarthy said he hoped when the new season starts PSL officials will have done something positive to address the poor standards of match officiating.
McCarthy said he was tired of fighting and arguing with on-field officials and noted that not all of the referees were to blame for low standards.
He did note that there were far too many matches where coaches were fighting with match officials. McCarthy said it was easy for outsiders to say coaches fight with referees when their team lose, but according to him, this was hardly ever the case.
McCarthy said it was frustrating when match officials killed the game.
He said: "If we have better officials we would've seen more goals and that is a problem. That is why there's not so many goals scored in this league, but that’s a problem for another day."
Cape Town City finished fifth in the PSL standings, but the team scored the third lowest amount of goals during the season, only Ajax Cape Town and Platinum Stars scored fewer goals.
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