Baxter – I Didn’t Apologise, What I Really Told Fadlu
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter has commented on what he really told his Orlando Pirates counter-part Fadlu Davids, insisting he certainly did not apologise for winning the Soweto Derby.
Amakhosi moved to position five after they claimed maximum points thanks to a late penalty at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Davids had come out after the match and insisted that Baxter felt it wasn’t a spot-kick for his side in the 90th minute, but the Englishman set the record straight on their post-match talk.
“Let me clear up what I actually said to Fadlu after the game,” he told reporters.
“Because I went up to him and I don’t like rubbing people’s noses in, so I tried to be a little bit politically correct, so I said ‘these refereeing decision they can go both ways’, etc. Very nondescript!
“I wasn’t apologising for anything, that is not in my nature to apologise for winning.
“But I did say that decisions go either way, we know, well done, good performance. And I said ‘Fadlu, you and Mandla are doing a good job’. That was our conversation.
“The penalties I thought, I’ve not looked at them, but every player that I’ve spoken to said it was a penalty in the first half. I thought there was a red card in the first half, very early on.
“And the penalty that we got right at the death was a penalty, I mean their defender is climbing all over Khama and I think it’s clumsy but that’s the sort of thing that happens when you just scored a goal, the adrenalin is pumping and the opposing team puts you under pressure in that time of the game, you’re a little bit tired and you make a bad decision.
“I’ll look maybe again tonight and I’ll say it wasn’t. But you’re asking me now.”