Absa Premiership

Safa to blow whistle on erring refs

2017-10-01 06:01
BUSY GUY: Ian McLeod has a lot on his plate. (Lefty Shivambu, Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - The recent spate of poor officiating at soccer matches signals that the refereeing department at the SA Football Association (Safa) is in disarray.

Head of department Peter Sejake is suspended and acting head Ian McLeod has too much on his plate – he is a school principal and a match commissioner.

The disorganisation in the referees’ office has had a negative effect on games, and match officials have come under fire for poor officiating.

Although Safa chief executive officer Dennis Mumble has refused to blame this on the department, he has vowed to take action against underperforming match officials.

Praise officials

Referees have been under the spotlight for the wrong reasons recently, and now Safa has promised to act.

Last weekend, referee Cedrick Muvhali and his assistant Patrick Jafta had a shocker of a game when they denied Cape Town City a clear goal. Jafta flagged Lehlohonolo Majoro offside when the striker was clearly on.

And as if that was not enough, Muvhali awarded City a dubious penalty, which did not go down well with the Polokwane City players, who nearly vented their anger on him.

Mumble said they would name and shame those in the wrong. In the same breath, he pointed out that they would also praise the officials who were doing well.

Reputation of the game

A week after the much talked about match in Cape Town, the review committee has not yet released its findings.

“We cannot be happy and that is why we want the experts to tell us what we need to do,” Mumble said.

“The technical committee is responsible for quality control and, if there are interventions that are needed, they must inform us. 

"From a disciplinary committee point of view, they must be able to tell us what we need to do at the highest level, because the reputation of the game is at stake".

Mumble defended McLeod by saying the former referee was hands-on, despite also being a match commissioner.

“He has the support system in the office and has his finger on the pulse. Our challenge is that we cannot replace the head of referees as he is still going through a disciplinary process and, until we conclude that, we can only have someone in an acting position.

Make them public

"But we can’t blame referees’ poor performance on the lack of a head of department".

He said he maintained the view that the review committee’s decisions had to be announced.

“We are not demoralising them. Even when my child is not doing well in class, I am informed.

"They must understand that there are sanctions for everyone involved in the game. It is not one-sided as we also reward those who do well and make them public".

Read more on:    safa  |  dennis mumble  |  johannesburg  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 03 April 2018
Wits v Maritzburg United, Bidvest Stadium 19:30
AmaZulu FC v Ajax Cape Town, King Zwelithini Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 04 April 2018
Free State Stars v Kaizer Chiefs, Goble Park 18:00
Cape Town City FC v Golden Arrows, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Mamelodi Sundowns v Chippa United, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Polokwane City v SuperSport United, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Platinum Stars v Baroka FC, Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:30
Friday, 06 April 2018
Ajax Cape Town v Wits, Athlone Stadium 20:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.