Orlando Pirates coach Jose Riveiro received his first red card in South African football last weekend.
The Spaniard was given his marching orders during the Buccaneers’ 2-0 victory over All Stars FC in the Nedbank Cup’s Round of 32 on Saturday.
He and his assistants were seen remonstrating with the referee and HIS assistants before the man with the whistle-man sent him packing.
It later turned out that Jose Riveiro allegedly swore at the match officials, which resulted in his dismissal.
While host Thomas Mlambo and guests Phumudzo Manenzhe and Matthew Booth argued the merits of whether foul language should be a sending-off offence on Extra Time, respected former referee Andile ‘Ace’ Ncobo was steadfast.
“If you are a member of the technical team inside the technical area and you say anything that the fourth official or the referee or assistant referee deems to be insulting language, derogatory or in any other way offensive, then it is a dismissible offence. The way I see it, this was the fourth official’s red card.
“Using insulting language is a dismissible offence. End of story. It’s a gentleman’s game. Play according to the laws of the game.
“The laws of the game say that if you use insulting language, you will be dismissed.”
Riveiro will miss the DStv Premiership matches against Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs.