Ncobo questions SAFA after Chavani ban

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Former referee and PSL general manager Andile 'Ace' Ncobo has questioned the way SAFA communicates issues around match officials after Jelly Chavani was suspended.

Last season's referee of the season Chavani has been suspended for four weeks following review after failing to award Orlando Pirates a penalty in their recent DStv Premiership match against Swallows FC.

This website contacted Ncobo to get his expert opinion on the whole debacle following a number of dubious calls by match officials this season.

"I think the biggest challenge we have is the media department at SAFA," Ncobo tells KickOff.com.

"That's the biggest challenge we have, the communication department at SAFA is not doing SAFA justice, neither is it doing us as football people justice.

"Because when the Review Committee sits, it handles the whole number of incidents, not just one incident. I know for a fact that they look at the entire spectrum of wrong calls that have taken place, at least in the recent matches.

"And they have made decisions with regard to several referees, but when you have people who think that telling the public what's happening is wrong or you must give the public bits and pieces of information...

"Because this misconception now that they have taken action against one referee accrues from the fact that the focus has been on him as the reigning referee of the season, as if he is the only one whose matches have been reviewed."

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According to a reliable source, the SAFA Review Committee meets only twice a month and not weekly as the Association has suggested.

"They review all matches. If it's on a Monday they review matches from the weekend, if it's on Thursday they review matches that took place in the week. And 24 to 48 hours later the report is released."

The source also reveals that the committee has a huge challenge when it comes to reviewing the GladAfrica Championship as they solely rely on television highlights.

It is also not yet clear if Chavani will be allowed to officiate NFD matches.

Contacted for comment early this morning, SAFA head of referees Abdul Basit asked this publication to send him questions but could not be reached when called again later in the day.

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