PSL to meet SAFA over referees

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PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has confirmed that the board of governors have requested a meeting with the SA Football Association to address the issue of match officials.

All match officials fall under the direct supervision of Safa and the association also appoint match day referees for all PSL matches.

But the sudden decline of officiating standards has caught all football lovers’ attention with the PSL also confirming that the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR) will also be part of the discussions.

PSL boss Dr Irvin Khoza addressing the media after the BOG meeting in Johannesburg.

“The most important thing that emerged from this meeting today was the request by the members of the Board of Governors that we request SAFA for a meeting to discuss the issues of the referees,” stated Khoza.

“Fortunately, in the meeting we had the CEO of SAFA Mr Gay Mokoena and Mr Willy Mooka (NEC Member) and they have agreed to take the matter up.

“If that agreement is being ratified there will be a special meeting of the Board of Governors to discuss those issues, because some of the issues are due to lack of information and that’s why you find people speaking out of tune. But if ever they get information, they will be assisted in understanding some of the situation.

“But also outside the recommendation that we had on our side which are innovative and one of the things we want to discuss in that meeting is the introduction of the VAR, because without the permission of SAFA we can’t have the VAR,” said Khoza, who was speaking after the Board of Governors meeting in Johannesburg on Thursday.

By Ofhani Munyai

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