diskidaily.co.zaSAFA Takes Action On Controversial Referees Badi And Jali

SAFA Takes Action On Controversial Referees Badi And Jali

SAFA officials Luxolo Badi and Sumukele Jali have been removed from their duties as match officials for upcoming fixtures, following their controversial decision to disallow a goal during the AmaZulu vs Royal AM match at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

AmaZulu midfielder Hendrick Ekstein thought he had scored the equalizer, only for Jali to raise his flag for offside. However, Ekstein was deemed to be onside as the ball came from a Royal AM player, according to FIFA law. The decision has sparked anger among AmaZulu management and coach Romain Folz.

After witnessing a controversial incident during the AmaZulu and Royal AM game, the Usuthu management lodged an official complaint to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) regarding the referees. They believed that the referees were not simply making mistakes, but that there was a biased decision-making trend against AmaZulu this season. The club president, Sandile Zungu, confirmed this.

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During the game, AmaZulu players appealed for a handball, but the referee correctly ruled that the ball had struck Samuel Manganyi’s limb before hitting his hand, and therefore it was not a penalty.

SAFA’s head of referees, Abdul Ebrahim, informed iDiski Times that the two match officials involved in the AmaZulu and Royal AM game would not receive appointments in the National Soccer League (NSL) the following weekend. The decision was made after the SAFA review committee watched their performances and found them unsatisfactory. The goal that was initially called a goal was overruled by Jali, the second assistant in the match on the far side, despite Badi’s decision.

Jali and Badi have been suspended, following the suspension of two other match officials, Cledwin Baloyi and Tshidiso Maruping, who had made errors in their matches in January. All four officials will only be reinstated for top-flight football matches once they meet the standards set by the SAFA refereeing department.


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