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A referee issues a yellow card (Gallo Images)

A referee issues a yellow card (Gallo Images)

A top South African referee has pushed back against the South African Football Association (SAFA) opinion that match officials are not yet fit enough to deal with the resumption
of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) campaign.

The referee, who remains anonymous due to officials not
being allowed to give interviews to the media, stated that he was confused by
SAFA’s stance.

The match official believes most referees would be able to
return to work after passing their COVID-19 tests.

“We have never stopped training since lockdown,”
he told SowetanLIVE. “If they (SAFA) say we are not ready, then I don’t

“The only thing that is left is testing for Covid-19. I
don’t know why they are delaying because we have been training.

“We did our fitness test in January so if you want us to do
another fitness test, the only thing they can do maybe is to check if we can
still run. But we were given a programme which we have been following every

“When you say referees are not ready, did you give them
a programme? The answer is yes. If they say no, then they will be lying because
we have proof of that programme. What’s outstanding now is the date for

– TEAMtalk media

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