There are reports that two Golden Arrows players were asked by referee Jelly Chavani to remove isiphandla (an ancestral animal skin armlet) before their Telkom Knockout last 16 win against Polokwane City at the weekend.
This allegedly happened at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium, where Abafana Bes’thende won 1-0 to advance to the last eight.
It would appear that Chavani was unfair to Siyabonga Dube and Sibusiso Sibeko, because it’s assumed that the two players’ pleas fell on deaf ears.
But according to FIFA’s Laws of the Game, Chavani was spot on in demanding they remove isiphandla.
According to Law 4 (1) of the FIFA Laws of the Game 2019/2020, “a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous. All items of jewellery (necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, leather bands, rubber bands, etc.) are forbidden and must be removed.
“Using tape to cover jewellery is not permitted. If a player is wearing or using unauthorised/dangerous equipment or jewellery, the referee must order the player to remove the item or leave the field of play at the next stoppage if the player is unable or unwilling to comply.”
Isiphandla is regarded as jewellery under Law 4(1) and therefore not permitted.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa