SAFA Bans Referees Amidst Match Controversy

SAFA have suspended referee Cedrick Muvhali and assistant referee Patrick Jafta following their poor handling of a PSL match between Cape Town City and Polokwane City last month.

The game on September 22 at Cape Town Stadium saw the home side denied a clear goal and later gifted a dubious penalty in a 1-0 win.

Both officials have been banned from handling any game within the National Soccer League from 1 October to 31 December 2017.

Their match fee and their monthly stipend until the end of the year have also been forfeited.

On resumption of their duties, the two will officiate NFD fixtures and a senior match commissioner will monitor all of their games for at least four weeks.

The pair will only be considered to officiate another PSL game if they achieve satisfactory results in the period under review.

SAFA senior referees manager Ian McLeod said the punishment was warranted.

“This type of performance must not re-occur at any level in the future,” warned McLeod.

Both officials have accepted the outcome.

SAFA chair of the technical committee Natasha Tsichlas added: “We needed to act swiftly and decisively in order to send a strong message to all match officials that such below par performances are unacceptable and measures will be taken against match officials who perform poorly.”


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