S.Africa slams Ref’s red card

17/06/2010 at 09:29 7 comments

South Africans from all backgrounds have reacted in disappointment and frustration at Uruguay’s victory in their football match against Bafana Bafana, their second showdown during the 2010 World Cup.

The main reason for the frustration is the red card given to goalkeeper Khune by referee Massimo Busacca. The event has been described as unfair, not necessary and plain ignorant.

As the Mail & Guardian wrote: From the media tribune and television replays,  Busacca appeared to have confused the World Cup with the Oscars, awarding the penalty for what appeared an appreciation of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s thespian skills. Suarez had found himself free in the Bafana Bafana box, and Khune had spread-eagled himself into a starfish to guard his goal. Neither got the ball and Suarez seemed to take his cue from Paul Bunyan, falling harder than an evergreen ready for mill over the goalkeeper’s outstretched left boot.”

The red card was followed by a penalty, which resulted in Uruguay scoring its second goal of the match.

Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was apparently furious after the match, saying that Busacca “doesn’t deserve to be here” and labelling his performance “the worst refereeing of the tournament”.

This, according to Parreira and assistant coach Pitso Mosimane, was for a litany of myopic refereeing decisions that had seen the home side denied several free kicks during the match.

One of the fears now is that South Africans will abandon the World Cup and related festivities en mass, leaving the Fan fests and public viewing areas empty.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donald  |  17/06/2010 at 10:06

    Hey, it was a tough decision but we were not playing good football either. This is proving to be a relentless tournament and few teams really seem to know why they are here (apart from the Germans). It’s about winning every game.
    (Great blog, by the way.)

    • 2. Miriam Mannak  |  17/06/2010 at 10:29

      Its not about how they played. The Ref’s decision to give Khune a red card, with dis prohibiting him form playing in the next match (France) will make it even more difficult for Bafana to stay in the game. I agree: they did not play well, and it is not about Bafana losing yesterday;s game. It is about Busacca not being able to distinguish between the World Cup and the Oscars. And honestly, number 9 (Suarez) is hereby nominated for the Oscar for the biggest drama queen.

      • 3. soratothamax  |  17/06/2010 at 10:40

        I see the point made here. I didn’t see the game with the Germans, I happened to have missed it, which I’m disappointed.. But I mean, Suarez seemed like he was taking it to far, and it wasn’t that big of a deal. South Africa needs all the players they can to be able to play France. Any player is crucial. It’s bogus.

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  • 5. Gorata(Botswana)  |  18/06/2010 at 08:36

    Bathong i’m so angry at the way the refree did against south africa. I mean Khune accepted the foul and then why the red card and a penalty at the same time. it’s like this white guys(reffree don’t want any african team to be in the world cup.

    I just pray that Bafana Bafana will make it to the next round atleast if they can fail some where in the semis it will be better. The way reffrees ae treating the African is not nice. Do they want to tell me only Africa are making mistakes in the field.

    A big NO.

    • 6. Miriam Mannak  |  18/06/2010 at 10:23

      Oi Gorata! Careful now! Do not play the race card here! Race has NOTHING to do with this, absolutely nothing. Bafana would have lost the game against Uruguay in any case, with or without the penalty and the red card. That does not mean however, the red card was out of order.

  • 7. Bobkoff  |  21/06/2010 at 17:55

    This is a very good post for me. I think you should add more video and pictures because it helps visitors 🙂


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