The Referees Review Committee of the South African Football Association (Safa) has suspended Jelly Chavani and Moeketsi Molelekoa for awarding Kaizer Chiefs a contentious penalty during their league match against AmaZulu on Saturday.
After grabbing an early lead in the second half thanks to a pin-point Luvuyo Memela shot, Usuthu dominated for the majority of the second half. However, Chavani's decision to award Chiefs a late penalty cost them three points.
Late in stoppage time, Chiefs pressed forward towards Usuthu's box until a diagonal cross from Lebogang Manyama deflected off Tapelo Xoki's shoulder. After a brief discussion with assistant Molelekoa, Chavani pointed to the location.
Keagan Dolly then stepped up to save a point for the struggling Amakhosi, a feat that will almost certainly save Stuart Baxter's career, who has come under fire in the early stages of the season for his team's inability to live up to their fans' expectations.
The referees' committee convened on Wednesday morning, according to Soccer Laduma, to discuss the degree of Chavani and Molelekoa's officiating. They decided to bar the pair from officiating any football games for at least four weeks.
Furthermore, for the first two weeks after their return, they will only be allowed to officiate in the lower levels - the DStv Diski Challenge and the ABC Motsepe league.
The decision to put the two on ice is claimed to be made to demonstrate Safa's opposition to poor officiating.
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