Chavani is not the only culprit as fourth official Moeketsi Molelekoa has also been given a 6-week sanction by SAFA.
The duo controversially awarded a 95th minute penalty to away side Kaizer Chiefs against Usuthu on Saturday night. The game was 1-0 to the hosts AmaZulu before the penalty was awarded.
Keagan Dolly slotted in the resulting penalty and the scores ended at 1-1.
The SAFA statement read:
In reference to PSL41 featuring AmaZulu FC vs Kaizer Chiefs FC, played on Saturday, 2 October 2021 at Jonsson Kings Park, the Review Committee noted the following, with specific reference to the incident that occurred in the 90+3 minutes.
- The match officials, with specific reference to the Referee, erred in his overall game management of the penalty area incident.
- The Referee and the 4th Official erred in their interpretation and application of the Laws of the Game with specific reference to considerations and guidelines pertaining to Handball as covered under Law 12 of the IFAB Laws of the Game.
- The overall result of the game had been altered because of this error of judgement.
- AmaZulu FC were unduly prejudiced by this decision.
Therefore, the SAFA Review Committee found that:
- The match Referee, Mr Jelly Chavani and the 4th Official, Mr Moeketsi Molelekoa by erring, have been found guilty of executing their duties in an unacceptable manner and have duly been suspended from officiating in matches in the Glad Africa 1st Division and DSTV Premiership for a period of six (6) weeks.
- During this time, the SAFA Referees Technical Sub-Committee will oversee the rehabilitation of these match officials, to ensure that they are fully debriefed and better equipped in the future.
SAFA Charges Jelly Chavani for Awarding Kaizer Chiefs Wrongful Penalty!