The top 5 referees of the PSL era


Respected former PSL match official Ace Ncobo has shared his thoughts on the standard of refereeing in the current season.

The ex-referee and current SuperSport analyst is hesitant to pick his best referees for the 2019/20 season, stating that he is not in a good position to do so.

"If you have children, it's always going to be hard to choose the best, so I'd rather not give you my top referees of the season," Ncobo tells

Nevertheless, we have compiled a list of some of the best referees of the PSL era in the gallery above. Check it out!

Several decisions made by referees and their assistants dominated discussions in the PSL this season, with coaches getting into trouble for their reactions in post-match interviews.

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Different PSL coaches and supporters have been disappointed by the standard of officiating in South Africa, with some even calling for VAR to be introduced.

Ncobo, who is one of the most respected former whistle-blowers, says this season the limelight was on the linesmen, who made more of the controversial decisions compares to the referees.

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"Look, there's been a clash of brilliance in the officiating this season. We have seen less from the middlemen and more of the linesmen," Ncobo says.

"We can't say they [the critics] were harsh on how they judge referees because football is a game of emotions.

"As an official, every decision you make, it can never be enough, especially in the game of football."

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