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Hunt blasts refs 'strange' decisions 16/02/04
Moroka Swallows coach Gavin Hunt has slammed referee Petrus Mathabelas handling of their weekend game against lowly Dynamos in Giyani the 1-0 loss severely denting the Dube Birds title aspirations.

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Dynamos claimed only their second Castle Premiership win of the season when Nicholas Mkhabelas shot was deflected past Swallows keeper Conrad Hendricks by defender Gary McNab.

"The referee made some atrocious decisions, a fuming Hunt told SASoccer365 on Monday. He turned down two valid penalties which cost us a possible win.

"He (referee Mathabela) was in range of the offences but turned a blind eye. At this level of the game you don't expect this to happen as we lose money, points, and my players are very disappointed at what happened.

Despite the result, the usually affable Hunt said fans should not write off Swallows chances of lifting the league title just yet.

Despite the Birds being in fifth position on the log with 33 points from 18 games, the former Hellenic and Black Leopards coach expressed his dissatisfaction with a shambolic fixture list that has resulted in a league table that is not a true reflection of how things are poised.

"Santos are the leaders and they have played 21 games. We haven't even played our first round game with Chiefs yet, said Hunt.

"The Premiership table is not a fair reflection of where teams are positioned. When we've all played the same amount of games then we'll see who is on top and who drops.

"Look we are just going to collect as many three-pointers as we can to assure that we stay right up there, but it's that time of the season when ref's just make, or don't make the strangest decisions, he added candidly.

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