SA to get pro ref structure

2010-11-27 15:49

Johannesburg - The PSL Executive Committee has agreed to endorse the implementation of a professional refereeing structure in the PSL and NFD as soon as possible and is pleased to announce that it has accepted a proposal to move forward with the professionalising of match officials.

This follows a presentation that was made by world renowned English referee, David Elleray, to the PSL Exco on Friday which was unanimously endorsed by PSL chairperson, Dr Irvin Khoza, and the entire Executive.

The League will now work closely with SAFA to ensure that this project gets off the ground speedily, ideally early in 2011.

Elleray was brought to South Africa by SAFA to be a part of the Semenya commission recently.

This commission was tasked to look into corruption and match fixing in South African Football and find solutions to counter the scourge.

One of the recommendations from this commission was to see the implementation of a professional refereeing structure.

"It was something that SAFA and the PSL have been planning for the last few years and I'm extremely happy that we have found the right solution to professionalizing match officials," said PSL CEO, Kjetil Siem.

"This is a concept that is standard practice in some of the top leagues in Europe, and for us to follow in this route; it's another major achievement for the PSL. We will be within the top 10 in the world in refereeing structure when this project is fully implemented. I am proud of the Exco's decision."

Elleray explained the need for a professional refereeing structure in South Africa.

Elleray said: "South Africa is one of Africa's leading football nations and the PSL the best professional soccer league on the continent. Having a professional refereeing structure will raise the reputation of South African referees and football throughout Africa and the World as well as lead to greater respect and appreciation for match officials."

"This structure will become the model for referee development and professionalism in Africa," added Elleray.

The League will now liaise closely with SAFA and once the SAFA Executive approves the structure, a sponsor will be sought and the budgetary process will begin.