Refs dump Puma for Adidas

2013-11-03 10:00

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Some referees have shown the SA Football Association (Safa) the middle finger by reverting to their old Adidas kits.

Match officials have been complaining about nondelivery of kit for the new season, and since Puma has officially terminated its sponsorship deal with Safa, some referees have openly started to wear their old kit.

Referees have been given a no-name brand kit but some have opted to use their own.

One official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the refs felt they had lost their identity and it would be better for Safa to renegotiate with Adidas, as its apparel was accessible on the open market.

He said they decided to wear their old kits to avoid possible clashes with the teams.

“We were given only two sets of kit and we are supposed to have at least three to avoid a clash of colours with team players.

“But before the game, we agreed to bring an extra set, which we were given before, and it looks like their no-name brand anyway,” said the official.

He said they still did not have warm-up kit, running shoes or boots.

The referees’ teams at the Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, and at the Polokwane City vs Mamelodi Sundowns league clash, came out wearing the former sponsor’s apparel.

Already last season, assistant referee Zakhele Siwela could be seen officiating in Adidas boots.

Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said they did not have a problem with referees wearing their own kit as long as it did not clash with team colours.

“Remember, we do not have a sponsor at the moment and officials were given permission to bring their own kit to avoid unnecessary delays.

“But we are in advance talks with three potential technical sponsors and we should be making an announcement soon,” said Chimhavi.

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