Tsichlas: Our refs are trying their best but we don’t condone poor officiating

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Bloemfontein Celtic striker Motebang Sera, seen here being challenged by Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango, had his goal disallowed in this game on Tuesday. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix
Bloemfontein Celtic striker Motebang Sera, seen here being challenged by Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango, had his goal disallowed in this game on Tuesday. Picture: Samuel Shivambu / BackpagePix

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The Safa referees committee has promised to publish the outcome of reviews on match officials amid the latest outcry over some below-par officiating playing out in the domestic football league recently.

Just this week, Bloemfontein Celtic were denied a legitimate goal in their DStv Premiership game against log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

This after Celtic striker Sera Motebang’s goal was wrongly ruled out for offside at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Tuesday. The game ended goalless as Sundowns escaped their first league defeat.

Natasha Tsichlas, chairperson of the referees committee, admitted these were difficult times.

She, however, maintained that efforts were being made “to minimise avoidable mistakes by match officials”.

“A few errors do not amount to a general low standards of refereeing,” Tsichlas said in a statement on Thursday.

She promised that all sanctions and review results would be made public without delay.

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“Yes, we might have had a few bad calls here and there by some officials but that does not amount to a blanket low standards of refereeing. With the blessing of Safa president Danny Jordaan, we will publish all the outcomes on Safa [communications] platforms,’’ noted Tsichlas.

She vouched for the South African match officials that the country had some of the best match officials on the continent, citing the high representation on the Fifa panel.

Tsichlas explained how the review committee operates, saying the structure sits two to three times a week depending on the number of games played and then sanctions the guilty parties accordingly.

“We review all matches and results are provided, in most cases, the following day. And where an official is guilty, we sanction that individual without fear or favour.

“The review committee is made up of knowledgeable individuals and one of them is renowned referee, Chris Harrison, whose career was cut short by an injury. He is also a respected attorney.

“These are difficult times, our officials are trying their best but that doesn’t mean we can condone poor officiating,” admitted Tsichlas.


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