SAFA comment on status of officiating

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The South African Football Association (SAFA) have admitted that there have been a few bad calls by match officials in recent matches, but maintain their officials are still of higher standards.

The Premier Soccer League has been marred by some shocking decisions which have had an impact on match results, since the beginning of the 2020/21 season.

But SAFA’s chairperson of the Referees Committee, Natasha Tsichlas insists efforts are being made to minimise avoidable mistakes by match officials.

“Yes, we might have had a few bad calls here and there by some officials but that does not amount to a blanket low standards of refereeing,” said Tsichlas.

‘’We review all matches and results are provided, in most cases, the following day and where an official is guilty, we sanction that individual without fear or favour.

“The Review Committee is made up of knowledgeable individuals and one of them is renowned referee, Chris Harrison whose career was cut short by an injury. He is also a respected attorney. These are difficult times, our officials are trying their best but that doesn’t mean we can condone poor officiating,” she said.

Tsichlas also revealed that in the coming weeks, all sanctions and review results will be made public without delay.

‘’With the blessing of SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan, we will publish all the outcomes on SAFA platforms,’’ she concluded.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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