De Sa slams Bucs treatment in DRC

Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa the treatment and SA media received in DRC was disgusting.

Orlando Pirates players celebrate after winning the 2012 Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa on Monday did not hold back criticising the standard of officiating in his side's Champions League game game against TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

South African media were not allowed to report from the game and many decisions went the home side's way.

De Sa said it was that type of refereeing that ruined the game.

"It was one of those that as wonderful as it was, we are through to the next stage. Despite all the celebrations you kind of have a bitter taste in your mouth because of the way things were done. We love the game. We really understand the game. Officials make mistakes and so on, but it was disgusting."

Pirates won 3-2 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, two SABC employees were arrested while trying to broadcast the game.

The crew members were arrested, but were later released and escorted to their hotel.