The South African Football Association – the motherbody of everything football in the country – has suggested it may not appoint referees for Premier Soccer League matches if their call for all matches to be suspended is ignored.
It’s president Danny Jordaan on Wednesday made what he says is a “final” call on a temporary lockdown due to the spread of the coronavirus across the globe, though the PSL’s executive committee is still expected to meet tomorrow to make it’s own decision.
On Monday, league chairman Irvin Khoza announced that games scheduled for this week would be suspended until further notice and it appeared they had been given the greenlight by the government when Minister of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa, said on Tuesday night that the PSL could go ahead behind closed doors.
Jordaan vehemently held a different stance – and SAFA could withhold referees for these games if they go ahead, though the PSL is responsible for their stipend.
“Of course the referee’s health must also be considered. And you see, the problem with the referees is that many of them are travelling by taxis,” he said.
“These referees are not rich people. Many of them don’t own cars and we also have a responsibility to protect them. We will write to CAF and Fifa to tell them of our stance about local football.”
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