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Second chance for PSL referees

Safa says PSL referees who failed their fitness test over the weekend will be given a second chance.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani shakes hands with newly appointed Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund following the announcement on 30 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) on Tuesday said Premier Soccer League (PSL) referees who failed their fitness test over the weekend will be given a second chance.

A total of 14 of 25 referees failed after a preseason assessment.

They are now ineligible to blow the whistle in PSL or the National First Division matches for the next six months.

Safa President Kirsten Nematandani said the football body would allow the tests to be taken again, so as to get more experienced referees onto the panel before the start of the new season.

"We have faith in them and we believe they deserve a second chance to prove themselves."

Nematandani defended the referees who failed their tests saying the conditions they were tested under where not normal.

"It was a wet weekend and that could have affected the end result. Only 50 percent of the referees made it."

The new PSL season kicks off at the end of August.

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