Refs given seven-day suspensions


Reginald Motloung and Lazarus Matela both officiated in two games on September 29; first in the Cosafa Castle Cup at the Super Stadium before driving across Tshwane to Loftus Stadium to run the line in the Telkom Knockout Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows at night.

Referees review committee chairman Steve Goddard says the two have been sentenced to a seven-day suspension which they have already served.

Secondly, both were fined 20 percent of their match fees from the two games.

“They were both found guilty of accepting two appointments for the same day which is something that we discourage at this level in our bid to maintain the standards,” Goddard tells Kick Off.

The Referees Appointments committee, led by Ari Soldato, has already accepted the blame and the near chaos surrounding Motloung who made a blunder in the Telkom match that almost cost Chiefs their spot in the competition.

“We were not timeously informed with a written notice about Motloung’s appointment to be an assistant referee in the Cosafa match. But I take the blame for what eventually led to the official handling two games," Soldato told Kick Off recently.