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SAFA - No Decisions Yet 15/10/03
Refereeing in the PSL is in a state of crisis because Safa have failed to pour any money into its development over the past few years. And there is no quick fix solution.

This is according to Steve Goddard, the chairman of Safas referee's review committee, who gave his views on "the men in black in the PSL to SASoccer365s Shahied Joseph on Wednesday.

Said a stern Goddard: "Refereeing in this country is in a crisis and this is due to a lack of development which has hindered us for the past 10 years.

"Back in the mid-1990's we had Toyota backing us for the development of refereeing, but when SAFA failed to put a plan together we lost a really good sponsor.

"Since then the referees development budget was reduced by plus-minus 75% - which leaves little money to improve on the training for refs."

"At the moment there are no quick fixes for what we are experiencing but there are solutions that can be put in place and although it will take time to get it right, it can be done."

Goddard said the Review Committee will submit their report of the refereeing crisis to SAFA and the Premier Soccer League. It will also include the controversies that Enoch Radebe and Sipho Masondo are involved in.

However he would not be drawn into elaborating on the findings.

"I cannot comment on the decisions being made regarding these refs. What I can say is that when we interviewed Masondo on Wednesday he did have a doctor's letter and the man was ill and still is," said Goddard.

"The comments by Clemens Westerhof have no substance and were unnecessary, I did not think it was funny or intended as a joke.

"The report we'll be giving to SAFA and the PSL will have recommendations to improve our refereeing situation. I believe there is a willing sponsor so if they act accordingly we can move forward much quicker."

"Punishments for refs will differ for every individual as their errors are not the same. You have to look at the situation from the ref's point of view and consider the facts of the game before making a decision."

"Resting a ref is one of the punishments where the person is temporarily suspended from duty, more than this I can't give you," he added.

* Next week SAsoccer365 will publish the exclusive report of the review committee for the public to scrutinize.

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