The South African Football Association (SAFA) has imposed well deserved punishment on referee Cedrick Muvhali and assistant referee Patrick Jafta following their poor officiating during the Premier Soccer League (PSL) match between Cape Town City and Polokwane City on 22 September 2017 at Cape Town Stadium.
The two officials denied City a clear goal after the assistant flagged Lehlohonolo Majoro offside when he was clearly onside.
Furthermore, the referee awarded the home side a dubious penalty in a move that was seen as him making up for denying the Citizens a goal minutes earlier.
As a result, both officials have been suspended from handling any game within the National Soccer League (NSL) from 1 October to 31 December 2017. The match fee which the two were supposed to have been paid is forfeited and their monthly stipend for the same period of October to December has also been forfeited.
The two match officials will officiate in National First Division (NFD) matches at the end of their suspensions and a Senior Match Commissioner will be assigned to all of their matches to monitor them for at least four weeks before being considered for PSL.
SAFA Senior Referees Manager, Ian McLeod said the severe punishment was warranted considering the amount of negative publicity the whole scenario had hogged as a result of the two’s poor performance.
“This type of performance must not re-occur at any level in the future,” warned McLeod.
Written by: Diski Voice