Referees were completely snubbed at this year’s PSL Awards. SAFA Head of Referees Abdul Ebrahim has explained why no officials were awarded at the #PSLAwards2021.
Last year Jelly Chavani won the Referee of the Year while the late assistant Shaun Olive won Assistant Referee of the Season at the virtual event.
This year, no officials were nominated for any awards.
“So procedurally, it was almost impossible to meet the close deadline.” Ebrahim tells the SAFA website.
“In the past, the awards ceremony is held a few days after the end of the season and that gives us enough time to process the winning officials. And so trying to blame the Association for not meeting the unrealistic deadline is being disingenuous,” the former referee lamented.
“All our committees, Technical, Review and Appointments are made aware of these averages and are requested to submit nominations for Referee and Assistant Referee of the Season.
“Beside the average scores obtained, we also look at the number of technical errors made in the official’s matches and how often during a season, a match official has been sanctioned,’’ added Ebrahim.
“Based on the above, all the information is then collated on a spread sheet and forwarded to the Chairperson of the National Review Committee for final ratification.
“Once everything has been verified and confirmed, the final nominee list as well as the winners are forwarded to the CEO of SAFA to forward to the PSL CEO,” Ebrahim concluded.
This was not the best season for referees in the PSL.
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