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12 Aug 2015
2:45 pm

Damon – Showboating has no place in football

Phakaaathi reporter

Former Premier Soccer League (PSL) referee Jerome Damon says showboating has no place in football as it is a cautionable offence.

Retired referee Jerome Damon (Photo by Shaun Roy / Gallo Images)

Showboating has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane and SABC analyst and former footballer Marks Maponyane slammed Platinum Stars midfielder Masibusane Zongo for his trickery.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Sifiso Myeni also upset the CS Sfaxien players during last Saturday’s Caf Confederation Cup clash at the Orlando Stadium when he tapped the ball to entertain the Bucs supporters.

Damon has cautioned the likes of Myeni and Zongo against showboating.

“Showboating. Does it have a place in the football? The short answer is no! Any action that seeks to humiliate or bring the game of football into disrepute is unsporting behaviour and therefore a cautionable offence. (See Fifa Laws of the Game),” wrote Damon on his official Facebook account.

“Recently in a Caf Confederation Cup match, many South African supporters were up in arms when a visiting Tunisian team took exception to an Orlando Pirates player showboating.

“But what is allowed? It is entertaining and showing skill when that skill (or entertainment) is done to pass a player or ‘skill’ a player in making an attacking/defensive pass. By all means juggle the ball and flip it over the advancing opponent’s head. No referee will penalise that, however, when you stand on one place and start tapping the ball all to yourself and start ‘showboating’ (I call it showing off), all you are doing is bring attention to yourself and not using it as an attacking or defensive play.

“When you stand and twirl on the ball without advancing it past an attacker or defender (in other words the move is not used to evade an opponent), then it is showboating and that action is unsporting in terms of law.

“So can you stand and twirl on the ball? Yes, but as long as it is used to immediately evade an advancing opponent, all other instances it is unsporting behaviour. Now we can debate as much as we want to, but unless the law is amended, that is how it is applied,” concluded Damon.