Controversial tackle a foul, Soweto derby

Mr Lilemo Matlotlo

Usually derby games between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates football clubs trigger sparks.

The same demonstrated on 30 January this year when these giants were at loggerheads at Orlando stadium during the DSTV league game.

Even though Pirates won the game with 2-1, but there was a controversial tackle by Chiefs player (Njabulo Blom) against Pirates warrior Vincent Pule.

Football lovers raised different views concerning this act.

Others believed that the referee should have allowed penalty kick for Pirates because it was a foul.

However, in contrary others said it was a good decision because there was no foul committed.

In an exclusive interview with a Whistleblower Sub-Editor Mr Lilemo Matlotlo, that was a fair decision taken by the referee of that derby.

He said the fact that Pule fell does not justify that it was a foul.

“I believe that it is a soft touch, but not a tackle because there was no much force exerted by Blom”, said Matlotlo.

“Pule intentionally brought himself down, not because he was badly handled by his opponent.

He congratulated the referee with the decision he took to deny Pirates a penalty kick.

“Football is a contact sport therefore, there was nothing wrong done by Blom, there was no push at all”, concluded Sub- Editor.

Mr Khotso Makhetha a Technical Instructor under the auspices of Lesotho Football Association maintained that it was supposed to be a foul with no card penalty kick as punishment because Blom played carelessly in the penalty area.

“That handling is not allowed because it is not part of playing football”, said Makhetha.

He further showed that it was a careless conduct, hence deserved a penalty kick.

The Technical Instructor insisted that there are three types of penalties. They are penalty kick with yellow, red and no card.

Therefore, this foul should have attracted a penalty kick with no card.     

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