WHY, WHY? Vladimir Vermezovic. Picture taken from www.kickoff.com
Lashing out at Daniel Bennet in midweek, Vermezovic said he could not understand how a referee couldn’t dismiss Thabani Stemmer after the Bloemfontein Celtic ‘keeper handled the ball outside the box in their league game.
Amakhosi won the game 2-0 in Polokwane, but Vermezovic could not contain his frustration as he blasted Bennet for a clearly poor decision.
“Someone must give us an explanation. Rules are rules,” said Vermezovic. “The goalkeeper used his hands outside the box and there is no explanation why he was not shown a red card.
“Last week against Santos, Celtic’s Mulenga (Clifford) got a red card in the 95th minute. Those are rules!
“In every game I learn something new. The last time was in the Cosmos game when the referee told me the rule is three minutes injury time, sometime[s] five, sometime[s] six.”
It’s not the first time Vermezovic has raised concerns about the standard of refereeing in the PSL.
Last month he remonstrated with referee Harry Lekitlane following Amakhosi’s game against Jomo Cosmos at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, complaining about the amount of extra time.
“I asked the referee after the game, ‘why only three minutes (stoppage time) because I saw the medical teams come on a couple of times and saw many injured players?’ He told me the rule is always three minutes,” Vermezovic said.
“Maybe those guys from the Champions League in Europe and Caf don’t know the rules because I’ve seen them play five minutes and seven minutes, but for him the rule is three minutes. So I have to accept that.”
Given the poor standard of refereeing, which has often undermined the notable improvement in domestic football, Vermezovic’s statements aren’t completely without merit.
Even Celtic coach Clinton Larsen concurred with Vermezovic.
“I was surprised, too. It should have been a red.”