The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed the suspension of match officials Jelly Chavani and Moeketsi Molelekoa after the recent error between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu.
Chavani and Molelekoa came under scrutiny this past weekend when they awarded Amakhosi a stoppage-time penalty as Usuthu skipper Tapelo Xoki was adjudged to have handled the ball inside of the area, despite both hands place behind his back during the incident.
Keagan Dolly converted the resulting spot-kick which denied Benni McCarthy's side three points at the Jonsson's King Park Stadium and after the meeting between the Referees Review Committee on Monday, an outcome has been reached.
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The match officials, with specific reference to the Referee, committed an error that altered the result of the game.
- The overall result of the game had been altered because of this error of judgement;
- Amazulu FC were unduly prejudiced by this decision.
Therefore, the SAFA Review Committee found that:
The match Referee, Mr Jelly Chavani and the 4th Official, Mr Moeketsi Molelekoa by erring, have been found guilty of executing their duties in an unacceptable manner and have duly been suspended from officiating in matches in the Glad Africa 1st Division and DSTV Premiership for a period of six (6) weeks.
During this time, the SAFA Referees Technical Sub-Committee will oversee the rehabilitation of these match officials, to ensure that they are fully debriefed and better equipped in the future.
SAFA will continue to require high standards from its match officials and while acknowledging this was refereeing error, match officials must accept that if they err to this extent, there must be consequences.