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SAFA sanctions match officials after errors

on Friday, 03 May 2019. Share this Article

SAFA sanctions match officials after errors

The South African Football Association (SAFA) have announced sanctions against a number of match officials for poor performance in recent games, which means they will not officiate in the top two tiers again this season.

The Referees Review Committee has assessed the performance of officials in the last month and handed down varying punishments to those deemed to have been below par.

 

Referee Phelelani Ndaba will not be selected for any matches National Soccer League (NSL) matches over the next three months, essentially to the start of next season, after his performance in the Absa Premiership clash between SuperSport United and BidVest Wits on April 27.

 

Ndaba failed to award a legitimate goal to Wits late on when the ball clearly crossed the line, and also failed to red card Wits winger Haashim Domingo when the latter elbowed SuperSport’s Dean Furman in the face. Furman was sent off instead for his challenge.

 

“The Technical Committee will assign an instructor to assist him in addressing his refereeing limitations. A report will be submitted to the SAFA Referees Department on his performance in the Regional League matches before he is rehabilitated back into top flight football,” a SAFA statement said. 

 

The referees’ assistant on the day who failed to give the goal, Abel Maphutha, faces the same punishment.

Thokozani Mkhize, who made a series of poor decisions in matches between Lamontville Golden Arrows and AmaZulu (April 14), and Stellenbosch and TS Galaxy (April 24), has been demoted to the SAB/SASOL leagues and handed a three-month suspension from NSL fixtures.

 

Assistant referee Elphas Sitole, who made poor decisions in matches involving SuperSport United vs Orlando Pirates (February 20) and Wits vs Black Leopards (April 24) has been removed from officiating in NSL matches for the next three months and will also be monitored while handling Regional League matches.

The same goes for assistant John Landela, whose performance in matches involving Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhadila vs Ubuntu Cape Town (April 6) and Kaizer Chiefs vs Golden Arrows (April 23) will not be appointed in top-flight games for the next three months and will also be assessed while handling lower league games.

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