-SAFA Review committee acknowledged the referee error in the match between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits
-The referee awarded an erroneous penalty in favour of Wits in the 2-0 loss for the Citizens
-City aren’t impressed with the errors but paraded their MTN8 trophy today
Bidvest Wits were awarded a controversial penalty after only 8 minutes of play in their fixture against Cape Town City last week.
Peter Leeuwenburgh was deemed to foul Wits striker, Simon Murray, and received a yellow card from referee Luxolo Badi.
However, a SAFA (South African Football Association) review committee have viewed the footage and admits the decision was incorrect.
Referees manager, Tendai Masikhwa, conceded that no contact was made but that no action could be taken now.
In a statement issued by SAFA, Masikhwa stated that the penalty should not have been awarded. In fact, instead of issuing the yellow card to Leeuwenburgh, it should have gone to Murray instead, for simulation.
Masikhwa went on to add “The yellow card was not shown to a wrong player, and as such the Review Committee does not have the authority to rescind it.”
The Citizens responded to SAFA’s findings with a statement of their own. It stated “Unfortunately, like the Putsche-Masehe incident, the league and SAFA do not have the platform to rectify (retrospectively) such severe errors - leaving Cape Town City with more erroneous results at the hands of refereeing mistakes.”
In more positive news, City paraded their MTN8 cup victory throughout the city of Cape Town on Thursday.
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