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Mosimane warned Sirino to 'be very careful'

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has revealed he warned forward Gaston Sirino to "be very careful" ahead of his sending off on Tuesday evening.

The Downs boss admitted he was wary of Sirino getting into trouble with referee Victor Gomes due to both individuals being "emotional".

And that is exactly what transpired as Sirino received his marching orders in the second half after arguing with Gomez over being shown a yellow card.

Sirino's dismissal saw Downs reduced to ten men for the final half hour, and while Maritzburg did manage to pull one back in the closing stages of the contest, the hosts were able to hold on to claim all three points.

Mosimane felt his team actually defended better after Sirino's dismissal, telling SuperSport TV: "I think we were much better defending with ten men that when it was eleven against eleven. It's unbelievable.

"I told Gaston [Sirino] before the match, I said 'be very careful' because he [Victor Gomes] once told me that Gaston is reactional.

"Gaston is emotional, so is Gomes. So those two together, something is going to give way and whoever has the authority will defeat the other one.

"I speak to him [referee], he was too quick. Speak to him [Sirino]. Either delay or whatever.

"If he was swearing of course he must take him out. But he didn't swear, I know that. Gaston is emotional, we know that, but the referee is also emotional.

"Emotional intelligence was needed on the referee. I think he could've warned him."