Pitso: Gomes Thinks He’s A Golden Boy

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By Isaac Ndou

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has had a go at league referee Victor Gomes again for his officiating, with his latest stunt coming in a match between Downs and Cape Town City where the coach was sent off by the referee.

Gomes sent off Mosimane for protesting on a foul he believed should have gone the other way, leaving Jingles in shock as to why he was sent off for his rights as a coach. Mosimane has said Gomes is an attention seeker who always wants to make the headlines in big games.

“Victor Gomes always wants to be man of the match. He wants to be the centre of attention. He likes the big games. Check him, he always has his collar up. Even on his car’s number plates, it’s written “Mr Ref”. You must check his background, his way of moving and all that. You must just give him the space and let him gloat man, its okay, its personal, he wants to be part of the action,” pondered Mosimane.

With suspicions that Pitso could have sworn at Gomes, however, he insists he did not utter any offensive word to the referee. Downs assistant coach Manqoba Mngqithi who was close by during the situation also confirmed that no harsh words came out of Mosimane’s mouth to Gomes.

“Gomes made history. It’s the first time I’ve been sent off. I was voicing my opinion saying it was a shoulder to shoulder challenge. I never swore at him. I don’t swear at referees. Sometimes I’m loud but it’s the nature of the game. Gomes thinks he’s a golden boy,” further expressed Mosimane

Gomes has become a subject of discussions for his refereeing as he has previously given a chunk of red cards and penalties before, leaving his credibility as a professional referee in question. The referee is no stranger to controversy related to the Brazilians as he once gave 5 penalties in a game between Sundowns and Ajax a few seasons ago.