SAFA suspend two officials after CT City v Polokwane debacle

Referee Cedrick Muvhali and linesman Patrick Jafta have been suspended for the rest of 2017 by the South African Football Association.

This follows their poor officiating in the league game between Cape Town City and Polokwane City two weeks ago.

The incident in question saw Lehlohonolo Majoro scoring a legitimate goal, only to discover that Jafta’s flag had incorrectly – Polokwane defender Thapelo Tshilo had been on the goal-line – been raised.

On realising the mistake, Muvhali initially awarded the goal to City. But the Rise and Shine contingent complained that they had stopped playing when the whistle had been blown (just before Majoro netted), which resulted in the referee once more reversing the decision and not giving the goal.

He then, in what appeared to be an attempt to rectify the blunder, handed the Cape side a very soft late penalty for an alleged hand-ball by Tshilo, which replays suggested was the wrong call.

SAFA have admitted that the match officials were at fault and are to take action.

“The match was blighted by some poor officiating in which the home side was denied what looked like a clear goal,” read the statement.

“As a result, both officials have been suspended from handling any game within the National Soccer League (NSL) from 1 October to 31 December 2017. 

“The match fee which was supposed to have been paid is forfeited and their monthly stipend for the same period of October to December has also been forfeited.”

The pair will be allowed to take charge of National First Division matches from next year, but will be supervised by a senior match commissioner to ‘monitor them for at least four weeks’ before their possible return to the top flight.

City won the game 1-0 after Majoro converted the added time penalty.