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Sead Ramovic Complaints Raise Questions On The Level Of Officiating In The PSL

TS Galaxy coach Sead Ramovic was disappointed as his team drew against Kaizer Chiefs in the midweek league game on Wednesday, 19 October 2022. The Soweto giants found an equalizer courtesy of a Keegan Dolly free kick that left TS Galaxy goalkeeper Buthelezi unwanted.

The equalizer created controversy as Ramovic stated in his post-match comments that ‘he felt Chiefs were gifted that free kick.’ This isn’t the first time a coach commented on the standard of match officials in the league this season. Jelly Chavani had his controversial moment when Amakhosi played against Stellenbosch FC in the MTN8 quarter-final.

The teams were deadlocked at 1-1 at that stage of the game; Cavani then sensationally overturned his decision after consultation with his fourth official, Thabo Thawyse, and allowed play to continue, much to the confusion of everyone.

Ramovic’s comment has highlighted a massive problem, as his team lost 2 points in that game and is currently occupying the 11th position with 12 points, just 3 points from the relegation spot. It could be said that these lost points could be vital in the last games of the league. If TS Galaxy were relegated, they could think back to this game.

Many teams have lost crucial points due to the lack of officiating. Issues could have seen teams qualify for domestic competitions but ended up on the receiving end as they lost out. These decisions not only affect them on log positions, but they lose out on making a lot of revenue.

It has been reported that this season alone, seven incidences have been raised concerns about poor decision-making from the match officials.

It has been reported that the Premier Soccer League [ PSL] is rated one of the best leagues in Africa, with its high-quality competitiveness and its media coverage. The level of quality speaks for itself, which means the refereeing group in the league should reflect that.

With CAF competitions introducing VAR to its system, many people have been saying it's high time the PSL introduces VAR at its shores. The VAR might not solve all the problems, but it will play a huge role in leveling up the standard of officiating in the PSL.

Acting Premier Soccer League CEO Mato Madlala has previously pointed to the fact most clubs do not have their stadiums has prevented the introduction of VAR.

The PSL chairman, Mr. Ivan Khoza, has stated that the league will not be able to have the VAR because of financial implications.

“The cost implications are also a factor because there is a royalty that should be paid every year for the service, and there is an initial cost that goes with it,” Khoza said.

However, an alternative solution can be brought to the scene in the meanwhile. Football spectators suggested a television replay in studios can be introduced as a system where officials can communicate with match officials from the studios. But time will tell if the PSL will make changes concerning the level of officiating in the league.

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