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Safa works on pro refs' structure

By unknown | Apr 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Football Association is on track with plans to establish a professional referees structure as part of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects.

"I can confirm that we discussed the matter at our national executive meeting last Friday," said Molefi Oliphant, Safa president. "The process is well on track, we have established a committee convened by Kirsten [Nematendani, Safa executive member].

"The committee has been asked by the executive to look at all factors that also include that there is a cut-off date for match officials [the age of 45].

"We also have to decide what happens to them when they reach that cut-off date."

In terms of the Fifa regulations, referees retire when they turn 45.

Nematendani and Trevor Phillips, the previous chief executive of the PSL, helped kick-start the project last year .

Other members of the committee led by Nematendani are Danny Jordaan, the World Cup chief executive, and Mubarak Mahomed, Safa deputy president.

"We will get feedback on the latest developments at our next executive meeting," said Oliphant, who also came out with guns blazing about alleged corruption in soccer.

This comes after a series of stories in the media in the past few weeks when it was alleged that certain clubs bribed referees and players to help them win their games.


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