Mamelodi Sundowns boss, Pitso Mosimane, reacts on the touchline during Saturday's drawn Tshwane derby against SuperSport United. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG - In the wake of mounting pressure on PSL match officials to improve the standard of refereeing, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has asked that the more experienced whistlemen be assigned to handle the big matches.

Mosimane paced up and down in the Brazilians’ dugout during the Tshwane derby against SuperSport United, unhappy with the assistant nearest to him throughout the 1-1 Absa Premiership stalemate.

The coach also felt SuperSport’s opener, scored by Thabo Mnyamane after just 11 minutes, was offside and that Percy Tau, who grabbed the equaliser in the second half, should have won a penalty later on.

“I am happy I will still be on the bench for the next game,” Mosimane, who recently served a two-match suspension earlier this month after referee Victor Gomes sent him to the stands away at Cape Town City, said.

“It’s very difficult for the coaches. There are eight games left and we are all fighting for our own survival. It’s important to have experienced officials. I am not talking about the (SuperSport) goal. I am talking about match management.”

Mosimane is not the only coach to have been told to leave the pitch this season. Gavin Hunt of Bidvest Wits was sent to the stands in the opening game of the current campaign back in August. Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy and Roger de Sa of Platinum Stars have also been handed a two-match suspension from the dugout recently.

“The one we had (Eugene Mdluli, in the Tshwane derby) is a younger one. And if he keeps going like this he can handle big games like this. There is something there,” Mosimane said.

“You must understand that coaches have the pressure at this point and emotions, tempers are high. It is because of the scoreboard and the log table - nothing else. We need a little bit of experience to manage the game, but if you don’t give the young referees and linesmen these kinds of games how will they get the experience? They have to get games like these.”

The level of officiating is especially under the microscope now given the close race for the championship and the relegation dogfight also heating up.

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