Former FIFA referee Ace Ncobo has insisted that Kaizer Chiefs forward Christian Saile Basomboli should’ve been sent off after just 28 minutes into the Soweto Derby.
Saile, who started the match in place of Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana, had a good game and was a constant threat to the Pirates defence.
It was also Saile, who was fouled by Innocent Maela, leading to the Buccaneers captain to be sent off in the second half.
However, should the Chiefs striker gave been on the pitch? Ncobo argues that Saile shoud’ve been sent off for a potential leg-breaking tackle on Maela in the first half.
“If a player who challenges for an opponent and lunges for the ball, whether with one or both feet, from the side, from the front, from the rear, using excessive force and endangering, is guilty of serious foul-play, serious foul-play is a red card offence,” he said on Extra-Time.
“That should’ve been a red card, no debate should be entered into it. You see it’s of excessive force, lunging, endangering the safety of an opponent. Look at that.
“The only thing that saved his leg from breaking was the fact that his boot did not catch on the turf. Had his boot caught on the turf, that ankle would’ve gone.”
When quizzed whether a referee would really give a red card that early in a game of the magnitude of the Soweto Derby, Ncobo insisted that shouldn’t affect the refs decision.
“What is a derby? As a referee I don’t know what a derby is. I know a football match of 90 minutes and there is excessive force, endangering the safety of the opponent – simple.”
Saile only saw a yellow card for the offence in the 28th minute of the game. Kaizer Chiefs won the game 1-0 to draw level on points with their Soweto rivals.