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Pitso Mosimane bemoans referees' decision to send off Mamelodi Sundowns star Gaston Sirino

15:48 GMT+4 13/03/2019
Pitso Mosimane, Sundowns, February 2019
The Masandawana mentor was clearly perturbed by the referees decision to send off Sirino

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes that referee Victor Gomes should have had more restraint instead of handing playmaker Gaston Sirino his marching orders in the win over Maritzburg United.

In a tightly fought encounter which saw Sundowns hold on for a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals by Emiliano Tade and Lebohang Maboe, the match was marred by a sending off.

Sirino, who has shown a tendency to lose himself in the moment earned the wrath of referee Gomes just after the hour mark for descent and this did not sit well with the Sundowns coach, who made his feelings known after the game.

"I told Gaston (Sirino) before the match, I said 'be very careful' because he (Victor Gomes) once told me that Gaston is reactionary," Mosimane told SuperSportTV.

"Gaston is emotional, so is Gomes. So those two together, something is going to give way and whoever has the authority will defeat the other one,” he added.

"I spoke to him (the referee) ... he was too quick,” Mosimane said.

Sirino’s sending off now means that he will also miss the Tshwane Derby set for April 7, after the international break.

"If he (Gaston) was swearing of course he (Gomes) must take him out. But he didn't swear, I know that. Gaston is emotional, we know that, but the referee was also emotional,” the 54-year-old suggested.

"Emotional intelligence was needed by the referee. I think he could've warned him,” Mosimane concluded.

Nonetheless, the victory saw Sundowns return to the top of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) as they leapfrogged Orlando Pirates.

However, Sundowns’ attention now shifts back onto the continent as they travel to Morocco for their final Caf Champions League game against Wydad Casablanca and anything but defeat could see them finish top of Group A.