PSL News 15.4.2015 01:01 pm

Hunt decries “harsh” red card

Red card for Phumlani Ntshangase of Wits during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates at Bidvest Stadium on April 14, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Red card for Phumlani Ntshangase of Wits during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates at Bidvest Stadium on April 14, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt leapt to the defence of Phumlani Ntshangase after the Clever Boys midfielder was sent off in Wits’ 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates on Tuesday evening.

Ntshangase was shown a straight red card by referee Victor Gomes for a two-footed tackle on Lennox Baxela, but Hunt described the decision as “harsh.”

“He played the ball, he never jumped in, if he had jumped in it was a red card, but he won so much of the ball and there was no contact with the player,” added the Wits coach.Ntshangase will now serve another two-match ban, having only just returned from suspension against Pirates.

The talented midfielder picked up a fourth booking of the season against Tuks in the Nedbank Cup last 16, and missed the league game against Polokwane City and the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal loss to Ajax Cape Town.

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