The South African soccer loving fans were left shocked when Kaizer Chiefs were handed a lifeline by the referee last weekend when they played against AmaZulu in KZN. They were given a penalty with just a few minutes to go while Usuthu was leading with a goal to none, the penalty brought Chiefs back into the game, handing them at least a draw.
This angered many who thought Chiefs were being given a lifeline and that the referee was biased towards them.
According to high level sources, the match officials responsible for the dubious penalty decision in the match between AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs have been punished after the review committee met this week.
Jelly Chavani is understood to have been put on ice by the SAFA Referees Review Committee for changing the outcome of the game, with Usuthu clearly in the driving seat for all three points in their DStv Premiership clash against Amakhosi on Saturday.
It has now been revealed that both match officials have been suspended for a period of four weeks as their embarrassing call changed the outcome of the game.
The duo will reportedly not be allowed to be anywhere near a high-profile game for a further two weeks after serving their four-week suspension, meaning they are only likely to be appointed for matches in the lower divisions or the reserve league.
Usuthu coach Benni McCarthy was not pleased with what the ref and his officials did and he made it known. McCarthy has always been vocal about the poor level of referring in the country. In fact when he was coach at Cape Town City FC, he once spoke out about Chiefs and how Chiefs always enjoys the 12th man in the field when they play, he was referring to the referee who is on the field of play for that time.
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