The Mamelodi Sundowns took time wasting to the next level in their attempts to close out a narrow win over Blem Celtic in the South Africa Premier League this weekend.
As the game reached its closing stages with Downs holding a slender 2-1 lead, Gaston Sirino stepped up to take a corner.
The Uruguayan placed the ball in the quadrant, then re-positioned it, looked up, strolled back and was eventually booked for time-wasting.
Sibusiso Vilakazi then took over from Sirino, and he was then was yellow carded for the same offence.
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Hlompho Kekana was the next Sundowns star to jog over to the corner flag, and he too was also booked for taking his time thereafter.
Manager Pitso Mosimane then saw another chance to keep the game stalled by taking the opportunity to make a substitution.
The game did finally resume and to Blem Celtic's frustration there were no more goals – proving that perhaps the Sundowns' infuriating tactics did indeed pay off.
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A clip of the incident was shared on social media, and some fans theorised that the time wasting was a deliberate plot to get yellow cards so they would be suspended against a weaker side.
"Actually those players who got themselves yellow carded, were on the verge of suspension, so they intentionally got yellow cards to get suspended against VUT, after that, they are clear of suspension," stated one fan.
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Another slammed the referee for being too lenient.
"South African referee they don't know how to control tight games… By doing so you add more additional time 7-10 minutes , just for control Face with rolling eyes," he tweeted.
Mosimane has led his side the title in the past two seasons but the Sundowns are currently chasing the Kaizer Chiefs in this year's campaign.
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