Why SAFA sent match officials to Chiefs match

Premiership

SAFA Head Of Referees Abdul Ebrahim has revealed the reason as to why the soccer body sent their match officials to FNB Stadium despite Kaizer Chiefs failing to honour the fixture.

Last week Kaizer Chiefs released a statement that the club was unable to host the DStv Premiership fixture against Cape Town City due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The Soweto giants reported 31 positive cases as it requested a postponement by the PSL of its December fixtures.

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In farcical scenes, Chiefs failed to honour the fixture and were a no-show with their opponents locked out of FNB Stadium.

"We were given a fixture appointment, and the match officials went to honour their appointment," Ebrahim tells Kickoff.com.

"We received no notification that the match was postponed. So the match officials did what they normally do, by going to the game.

"The match officials would receive their appointments during the week.

"If there are any changes to the game, the PSL would normally communicate that.

"So the match officials went to the stadium which would mean there was no communication of anything different about the game so they would go to the game, as per normal.

"So, you see if media reports that the game is not taking place, and the match officials, unfortunately, have not been issued a formal instruction, which means they cannot I mean even myself, I cannot take what the media says, I would wait for official correspondence.

"Unless that happens the match officials do what they normally do, they get ready for the game and go to the stadium."

Ebrahim says he cannot elaborate on the consequences of the match failing to take place.

"I don't know because I don't know what the internals are that went on.

"But as I said, we never heard anything but the match officials are telling me that there's no home team or whatever.

"So I said to them if that is the case just hang on there for a short while or otherwise just go back to the hotel as there is nothing we can do.

"So now we wait for PSL to communicate what exactly happened. So we will wait and see what PSL comes up with."

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