Kaizer Chiefs took a step towards defending their South African Premier Soccer League title on Saturday with a 2-1 home win over Bidvest Wits. However, the match was mired in controversy as Amakhosi defender Morgan Gould should have received a red card for straight-up punching an opponent in the face.
As Wits striker Getaneh Kebede made a move towards goal, Gould prevented the attack by planting a fairly vicious left-hook on his jaw. The referee was standing yards away and blew up for a free kick — obviously acknowledging that a foul had been committed — but somehow decided that Gould didn't require any kind of reproach for the fairly obvious assault.
The South Africa national team defender later apologized on Twitter, dismissing the incident as an accident:
I wud like to apologize to the Wits player that I punch it was a freak accident....#MG83
— Morgan Gould (@mor_gould) November 9, 2013
The league could review the incident and metaphorically punch Gould in the face with a retroactive three-match ban for violent conduct. Chiefs manager Stuart Baxter has thus far taken the Arsene Wenger approach by claiming he "didn't see it," but admitted the club would also punish him if they deemed it necessary after watching the tape. Which they surely will.
This has been the Dirty Tackle of the Day: a chronicling of unfortunate events.
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