Referee debacle: Why so many mistakes?


The PSL has attempted to explain why domestic football is operating under such a dark cloud of poor officiating this season.

The dire situation has moved several coaches to vent their frustration in public, leading to PSL charges for their comments on referees.

Pitso Mosimane, Zlatko Krmpotic, Benni McCarthy, Steve Komphela and Owen Da Gama have all been asked by the PSL prosecutor to explain their comments after recent matches in which match officials have left much to be desired.

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Acting PSL CEO Mato Madlala has given more clarity on why we are witnessing such mistakes in our football and has assured supporters that something is being done about the problem.

"We had a meeting with the SAFA technical committee, trying to find out how they operate, how often do they do their reviews, do they do them on all games or they choose those that are televised and what steps they take after that," Madlala revealed.

"They then explained to me that every match gets reviewed then they take decisions and suspend if there's a need. They try by all means to make it right but there's a pool of officials that are trained that worked every season."

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This season has seen some new faces in match officials' colours and Madlala explained why this is the case.

"Sometimes they are forced to use other referees because those who are regulars are suspended. Sometimes we have issues where there are Absa Premiership, GladAfrica Championship and MDC matches on the same weekend," she continued.

"That moment some top officials are suspended, it's really hard to balance things especially when you have to suspend and train others too."

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Madlala then came to SAFA's defence, stating that it's easy to criticise without knowing what really happens behind the scenes.

"It's easy to just criticise SAFA and say they are not doing anything, which is not true. It's not easy because of the group of referees that are available and trained."