Highlanders coach Erol Akbay has blasted the ZIFA’s decision to overturn a red card issued to Dynamos’ Christian Epoupa following a headbutt on defender Peter Muduhwa.
ZIFA has been widely criticised for rescinding the Dynamos striker’s sending off. A frastrated Epoupa headbutted Muduhwa in the 87th minute of Sunday’s battle of Zimbabwe and was given his marching orders by referee Ncube – and replays showed the Refereree actually made the right choice.
24 hours later a decision communicated by ZIFA President Philip Chiyangwa rescinded the Red Card – without giving details on how they arrived to such a bizarre decision but only citing the Referees’ Committe deliberations.
Like many football fans, Highlanders coach Erol Akbay expressed shock saying that decision is Not football mantaining that Epoupa deserved to be sent off.
He spome to the Herald Saying:
“That Dynamos player (Christian Epoupa Ntouba) hit my player and from the way we reviewed the incident, I actually thought he was supposed to serve more than four games on the sidelines,’’ said the Dutchman.
“I think the referee (Arnold Ncube) did the right thing when he flashed a red card to the Dynamos player.
“He (Ntouba) headbutted my player off the ball and according to the rules and regulations of the game, obviously, he was supposed to be dismissed, which the referee did.
“To be then told that the red card has been nullified makes me laugh. It is confusing and I don’t think that (nullification) has anything to do with football.
“Why is it that every time a decision goes against Dynamos, something strange happens? Are they not equal to other teams?
“I don’t understand this, after my player has been head-butted and the referee does the right thing then one day later you hear the decision has been nullified. So, where are we going when something which has been done correctly is treated like that?” Akbay said.