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Palacios blasts referee after Orlando Pirates draw against Platinum Stars

5:54 PM SGT 9/2/17
Augusto Palacios
The Buccaneers failed to break down Dikwena in what was a dull match in Rustenburg, and they remain 10th on the log after 14 league games

Orlando Pirates interim coach Augusto Palacios says the standard of refereeing during their goalless draw with Platinum Stars was not up to the level of the PSL.

“I think the official was good, but he was not on the level of the PSL. This is not the MDC,” Palacios said post-match.

“People pay for their tickets and you know what they say, best referee, best game. I have nothing against the referee, but I think the level was too high for him,” Palacios said.

The Buccaneers had a few penalty appeals turned down, although none of those looked convincing enough to be awarded.

Palacios believes his team's problem was their inability to find the right passes or crosses on the day.

“It was a difficult game. Both teams had chances, we had clear-cut chances in the second half, but we missed the shooting aspect."

“We controlled the game, but when we needed to shoot or to cross, this was our problem,” Palacios said.

The injury of goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo and midfielder Issa Sarr disrupted their game plan a little bit, according to the Peruvian mentor.

“Brighton hurt his knee. Issa Sarr pulled (a hamstring). Unfortunately for us, that meant we had to change our plan because we had a plan for the second half to change the game, but it destroyed the plan we had, especially as an attacking force,” Palacios concluded.