Safa finds that Nurkovic’s goal against Sundowns was not offside

Safa finds that Nurkovic’s goal against Sundowns was not offside

- Controversy reigned during the match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs due to the opening goal scored

- Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane voiced his disapproval with match officials as he felt the goal should not have stood

- The SA Football Association (Safa) Review Committee assessed the goal and deemed it to be legitimate as no Chiefs players were in an offside position

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Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has five days to respond to a lawyer's letter issued to him by the PSL prosecutor.

This was in response to Mosimane's constant claims that match officials are favouring Kaizer Chiefs and that their interference cost his team during their encounter.

However, it seems the Downs mentor may be forced to eat humble pie as the contentious opening goal has been cleared by Safa's Review Committee.

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TimesLIVE reported on the statement issued by the panel as they felt that no Chiefs player was in an offside position.

The statement read: “Castro neither played nor touched the ball from his team-mate Frosler and this is evidenced by the fact that the ball never changed direction nor the trajectory."

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It continued: "Nurkovic who was not in an offside position when the ball was initially played by his team-mate Frosler and that Castro did not make contact with the ball‚ the Assistant Referee was correct in not flagging for offside‚ based on fact connected with Law 11."

The committee also explained that their ruling would have been different had Castro made contact with the ball as that would have placed Nurkovic in an offside position.

Match officials have been under fire from PSL coaches in recent times.

Aside from Mosimane, referees have also incurred the wrath of Steve Komphela and Benni McCarthy.

Following Cape Town City's loss to Chiefs during their Telkom Knockout encounter, McCarthy said, “The referee was terrible‚ he might as well have just put on a Kaizer Chiefs shirt.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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