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It ended in tears for match officials who awarded Chiefs a controversial penalty


The voice of the football fraternity has been heard as they’ve been calling for South African Football Association (SAFA) to be hands-on within the ups and downs of football within the country. As that will allow them to look at certain decisions made by the match officials. Since they play an important part within the game and can even affect the results of a match. One thing that has frustrated the fans of different teams within the country is the poor decisions that are taken by certain match officials. However, SAFA looks into stopping anything that will put their leagues into dispute. 

Now, it has been reported that SAFA has suspended the match officials Jelly Chavani and Moeketsi Molelekoa who were evolved in a dramatic DStv Premiership encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu FC. What didn’t sit well with the football fraternity was their errors that ended up deciding the final results of the game. Hence there was a massive call from the supporters for SAFA to do something about what Chavani and Molelekoa did this past weekend. As they awarded Amakhosi a bogus penalty as AmaZulu captain Tapelo Xoki was believed to have handled the ball inside their box. However, after different looks at the replay, it was visible that Xoki had his hands behind his back when the incident occurred. “The match Referee, Mr. Jelly Chavani, and the 4th Official, Mr. Moeketsi Molelekoa by erring, have been found guilty of executing their duties in an unacceptable manner and have duly been suspended from officiating in matches in the Glad Africa 1st Division and DStv Premiership for a period of six (6) weeks,” read the official statement released by SAFA.

The initial results of the game ended in a 1-1 draw, as Chiefs star Keagan Dolly converted the penalty kick to make sure that both teams share the spoils. However, this frustrated the AmaZulu camp, as they felt that they were robbed of a win at Jonsson’s King Park Stadium. Nevertheless, there was a meeting between the Referees Review Committee on Monday and they came up with the six weeks suspensions for the match officials.  

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Date: 07/10/2021

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