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SAFA On ‘Concerning’ Referee Mistakes

Ari Soldatos, SAFA's Chairman of Referee Appointments Speaks About Officials

By Joe Crann - Sep 27, 2017 03:00 PM @YesWeCrann
In an Absa Premiership plagued with mistakes made by officials so far this season, fans all over the country are asking questions about the standard of refereeing in South Africa.
 
 
Referees, linesmen and officials have all been under scrutiny this campaign with several games having been marred by glaring, game-changing errors that have left a bad taste in the mouths of clubs and supporters.
 
Most recently, Cape Town City on the receiving end of a poor decision, as Lehlohonolo Majoro was incorrectly ruled offside during their game against Polokwane City, however, they are by no means the only club that has been affected.
 
Questions have been asked about the repercussions that referees face on the back of making glaring errors in games, and the Siya crew got in contact with Ari Soldatos, the Chairman of Referee Appointments at SAFA, to discuss the matter.
 
When asked about the presence of a Review Committee in South African football, Soldatos said, “There’s a Review Committee that sits once or twice a week – on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but mostly on Thursdays. They go through clippings of contentious decisions that have taken place. The Review Committee then comes up with recommendations based on two things – whether there was an error and whether it affected the outcome. If the answer is yes to both, then recommendations will be made with regards to possible suspensions. 
 
“The Review Committee cannot suspend referees though. Only the Technical Committee of Referees can do that. They decide whether to accept the recommendation or not. 
 
 
“We know the public want punishments handed out,” he explained. “But we feel that it’s better to try and send some refs to a lower league and send assessors to help them. We want to be corrective rather than punitive where possible, but sometimes you need to take the bull by the horns.”
 
Soldatos did admit that the problems this season have been noted and are, in his words, ‘concerning’, but remained adamant that everyone is doing their best to improve matters.
 
He said, “I’ve been dealing with ref appointments since 2004, and never have I seen so many errors in such a short period of time. It’s not the errors that are the main problem, they’re errors that are directly affecting the result. Mistakes happen everywhere at all levels, but what has been part striking and concerning is that the games have been impacted because of those errors.
 
“We’re trying our level best to get these things corrected. That’s why we try and use less experienced refs in non-high risk games, the younger ones that haven’t been doing many games, and we have seen some improvement in the lower rung ones.
 
“We do need to focus on these issues. There needs to be better co-op between refs, coaches and management. One of our objectives is to build on that relationship.” 
 

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llumadi Joined: 23 Apr 2015
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llumadi Sep 28, 2017 12:00 PM
Since the beginning of this season only poor referring and is killing our beautiful foot ball
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mboma2 Joined: 15 Jun 2017
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mboma2 Sep 28, 2017 11:23 AM
Before u take a decision make sure that this is the right decision
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mboma2 Joined: 15 Jun 2017
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mboma2 Sep 28, 2017 11:21 AM
And this referees are killing our football by doing those so called mistakes they must run and follow the ball
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mboma2 Sep 28, 2017 11:19 AM
May be he must stop doing chiefs games he does not like chiefs may be I'm not sure what is his problem really
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xolilem123@gmail.com Joined: 05 Sep 2017
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xolilem123@gmail.com Sep 28, 2017 11:17 AM
All referres need a retràin for their job as the cars get service after acoupple of months,look that one was in charge between BB and Senegal lost his job.
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mboma2 Joined: 15 Jun 2017
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mboma2 Sep 28, 2017 11:17 AM
I won't forget now recently he gave maritzburg a penalty from nowhere Daniel bernette again
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mboma2 Sep 28, 2017 11:15 AM
More especially Daniel Bernette I think he's got a grudge against chiefs he once gave pirates a penalty from a corner kick
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Codesa1 Sep 28, 2017 10:02 AM
These guys are destroying our beautiful game. They must go back to the classroom and have their eyes tested as well. We are tired of their disgusting performance
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Diski-nine-nine! Sep 28, 2017 10:00 AM
S.A.FA.-SAPHELA AND (P)EE-A(S)S-HE(L)L.. are two houses that are being led by the lunatics and i wont be surprised if one day we wake up to hear that,.....The Guptas are behind the running of the two institutions....if not-their insurance is underwritten by KPMG-i bet! Or kanjani lapho Atool!?
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Mashia1950 Sep 28, 2017 09:17 AM
If there was a review committee, Morton's red card should be reversed. The most shocking decision I've ever seen in football was the one for Baroka's penalty from last season that was ruled as a goal kick because wen the penalty was taken players from both sides went in side the 18areas. And we all know that some other teams pay this referees to favour them.
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Stingerwalikhosi Sep 28, 2017 07:16 AM
But guys lets not forget one thing here!the main question we shud b asking is dat,how much do they pay this guys? N is referring taken as profession by safa.? Because as far as I knw even the top referee we have in Daniels Barnett is head principle,mr Tiyani Mabunda is a policeman..! So basically its a hobby of sort or a temporary ting, now how do we expect them to do their best wit players earning so much,last question is dis wht training programs dat r de to prove dat indeed they even knw de laws of the game.
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cija aka return Joined: 17 Jul 2017
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cija aka return Sep 28, 2017 05:00 AM
Errors my foot! Y cnt u say is bcoz of da brown envelopes? We spend our monies 2 go stadiums, we spend our monies 2 bet of teams n teams' players r cautioned/ suspended 4 wrong reasons. U beta sort ya office or ship out, it cnt b in week in week out then u cum here u tel us abt damn errors.
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KUNZIMA KHOSI Sep 27, 2017 10:45 PM
IT LUKS LIKE DEY R LEARNING HOW 2 DO ERRORS,HOW CAN B D STANDARD OF FOOTBO IN PSL GD WHILE WOMPEPE UYABAHLULA UMDLALO
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Mfundo vs Ndo Joined: 11 May 2015
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Mfundo vs Ndo Sep 27, 2017 08:15 PM
Coaches don't even complain because they scared of the SAFA. Its very sad to pay your last money for sake of soccer when u coming back u disapointed by their decision and yo money is gone
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Mfundo vs Ndo Sep 27, 2017 07:52 PM
There's a defferent between mistakes and purpose. Most are not mistakes and they know there is no one'll do anything. They are rulling the way they want. That y we don't even bother by complains because it dosen't help
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Matatasela_7 Sep 27, 2017 07:46 PM
this is the reason why they are not selected for big event.
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mokoenajacob21@gmail.com Sep 27, 2017 07:37 PM
This season Hlongwane is worse,Ndaba can agree with me
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Ntsunda11 Sep 27, 2017 07:30 PM
@Dangerous when provoked chiefs is the only team that mostly benefited in poor referring here in SA boss
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Ntsunda11 Sep 27, 2017 07:28 PM
@Boemhlongo 5 games is peanuts, that guy deserve to sit out 2-3 seasons
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Ntsunda11 Sep 27, 2017 07:26 PM
If SAFA can introduce review television during games or at least introduce behind goal post refs things could better

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