On Saturday evening, the Kaizer Chiefs ended up winning 2-1 after duking it out with Bidvest Wits in the South African Premier League, though we can't help feeling that Chiefs centre-back Morgan Gould took the whole thing a little too literally.
Midway through the second half, Gould connected with a nasty left jab straight into the face of Wits striker Getaneh Kebede, which sent his opponent to the ground just a few feet from where the referee was stood.
However, despite the official's close proximity and the fact that he seemed to be looking directly at Gould when he threw his punch, the ref didn't warrant the "challenge" as even being worthy of a yellow card, let alone a red -- deeming a free kick to be sufficient punishment for the Chiefs defender's knockout swipe.
Just to add to the strangely muted reaction, not one single Wits player so much as appealed for a foul, while the commentary duo on duty remained entirely unmoved -- barely even acknowledging that a foul had occurred as Kebede lay on the pitch counting the pretty birdies circling around his head ...
Gould then issued a classic non-apology to Kebede via his Twitter account after the game, saying sorry for what he called "a freak accident"...
I wud like to apologize to the Wits player that I punch it was a freak accident....#MG83— Morgan Gould (@mor_gould) November 9, 2013
Bloody Nora! If that was a freak accident, we'd hate to be on the receiving end of a legitimate Morgan Gould haymaker!