The referee in last Saturday’s Soweto derby, Luxolo Badi, is likely to be given a lesser punishment by the SAFA Review Committee than the currently suspended Jelly Chavani, according to a former match official. Badi is due to face the SAFA Review Committee after he failed to award Orlando Pirates a penalty against Kaizer Chiefs. Fortunately, his decision didn’t prevent the Buccaneers from going on to win 2-1.
Orlando Pirates players Thabang Monare, Thembinkosi Lorch and Ben Motshwari were all yellow-carded for dissent after Badi turned down their penalty appeals following a foul by Njabulo Blom on Vincent Pule.
The SAFA Review Committee has already suspended current referee of the season Chavani for four weeks after he, coincidentally, failed to award Orlando Pirates a penalty against Swallows FC at the Orlando Stadium in January.
However, an unnamed former PSL referee believes that Luxolo Badi could escape with a lesser punishment than Chavani if the Review Committee finds him to be in the wrong for his non-penalty decision.
“There could be lesser punishment for Badi even though the referees’ review committee has not been consistent in terms of applying discipline,” the former referee said.
“The difference between the Chavani and Badi incidents is that the incident at FNB Stadium on Saturday did not influence the outcome of the match. Irrespective of the outcome of the referees’ committee review on the issue of Badi, the yellow cards shown to Orlando Pirates’ players for dissent will still stand,” he added.