The standard of refereeing in the PSL has been in the spotlight of late, and there’s likely to be even more focus on it when Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City meet in the Mother City derby at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).
The coaches of the two clubs are approaching the issue from different angles.
City coach Benni McCarthy just wants some consistency from the match officials, while Ajax coach Stanley Menzo is not too concerned; he prefers to focus on what he can control.
“I think we give referees too much attention,” said Menzo at a press conference on Wednesday.
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“In the end, we have to remember that we need them, but we don’t have much influence over what they do.
“I don’t spend my energy on what referees do, I rather focus on what I can control, which is my team and making sure that we play our own game. I would rather talk about football than referees.”
McCarthy, though, has had to bear the brunt of bad decisions from match officials in City’s last two games, so it’s understandable that he differs with Menzo.
“Supporters spend a lot of money to come and watch football, and I don’t think they want the referee to spoil things,” said McCarthy.
“All I ask for is a fair ref for the derby. It’s going to be a physical match, with lots of tension, and I just want some consistency from whoever is appointed to referee the match.”