Premier Soccer League match officials have been punished for their recent blunders, resulting in one of them being withdrawn from the roster for the rest of the season!
Assistant referee Andile Mncwango will not see any action in both the DStv Premiership and GladAfrica Championship for 16 weeks after incorrectly disallowing a goal.
Mncwango, who was meant to be the eyes for referee Thokozani Mkhize in the game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic last week, flagged Motebang Sera offside for what would have been a winning goal last week.
The match ended goallessly.
Following a review by the SAFA referees’ committee, the two were punished – Mncwango’s season has ended, while Mkhize will not be selected for a PSL game over the next four weeks.
There were other sanctions handed down on Thursday from the game involving Orlando Pirates and Swallows FC on January 10.
The review committee has recommended that referee Jelly Chavani be sidelined for a month after he incorrectly yellow-carded Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe for simulation when he should have awarded a penalty to the Buccaneers during the game.
In another matter, social media was abuzz with questions over whether Musa Nyatama was in an offside position when he scored the late equaliser for Swallows when they shared spoils with log leaders Sundowns at the weekend.
The verdict: Nyatama was onside when the ball was played, and therefore the match officials were praised for getting the tight call right.
Other referees also came in for applause from the review committee for some of the calls that were deemed to be controversial, while others did not have influence the outcome of the game, though the match officials did not follow the rules of the game to the latter.
Story by @superjourno