However the South African media has leapt to Thamsanqa Gabuza's defense, even though they haven't excused his behaviour.
Journalists, media houses, legends and even star Premier Soccer League players are expressing their understanding for the Orlando Pirates player.
You can read the views of the football fraternity here. What do you think of the Gabuza affair?
As reported by Goal, this is what happened on the field: After missing several goalscoring opportunities in the first half, the lanky marksman whipped a low cross into the Leopards box which was turned home by Thivhavhudzi Ndou in the 35th minute.
He then went straight to a section of Pirates fans on the near side, took off his shirt before throwing it in the stands.
Gabuza then immediately left the pitch, signalling his intent to substitute himself and went into the dressing rooms without the referee's permission after a heated confrontation with coach Milutin Sredojevic on the side of the pitch.
Fortunately for Pirates they still won the game 2-1.
I feel for Gabuza being rejected by your is discouraging and heart breaking. Missed chances or not. He works so hard for that team. He gives his best. Thats not how football should be!— Mark Mayambela (@ProfMayambela12) August 28, 2018
Really feel for Gabuza.Week in week out gives a 100% for the club & team mates.He is going through a hard time as a player,we should get behind him and lift his spirts again.Missed chances or not, he is a human being & a good footballer who doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.— James keene (@JamesKeene28) August 28, 2018
He’s only a human too..! It’s was coming for sure but didn’t expect it to happen this way...! #BeStrongGabuza— Thulani Hlatshwayo (@Thulani_Tyson03) August 28, 2018
There’s no generally accepted way of handling abuse. Kids are killing themselves, some turn from the abused to the abusers, others spend a lifetime living with self-hate and hurt. Bottom line is abuse has no place in football or society, and there’s no two ways about it.#Gabuza— Chad Klate (@CKlatey) August 28, 2018
Why destroy one of our own!Last night Gabuza was Booed by the Fans the same way they did in 2016 in the Nedbank Cup of which the behavior is unsporting. Such barbaric acts need to be removed from the game. SAFPU is fully behind Gabuza and we don't find him faulty for any reason! pic.twitter.com/nQwL6mo7Jz— SAFPU (@SAFPU_Official) August 29, 2018
Discuss out of 50: pic.twitter.com/QGQdRP1lcV— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) August 28, 2018
The way Gabuza is treated by some fans is a disgrace though… He’s an honest pro just trying to do his best, and he just gets constantly hammered.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) August 28, 2018
Not at all condoning what he’s just done, but he’s a human being at the end of the day.
South Africa (@GoalcomSA) August 29, 2018