South African Was VAR Referee Who ‘Pulled Strings’

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Jerome Damon

THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) appointed retired South African referee Jerome Damon as the Video Assistant referee for the controversial semi final WAFCON match between Zambia and South Africa, it has been learnt.

Jerome called the centre referee from Ethiopia ‘Diramba’ Lydia Tafesse Abebe to award his country a dubious penalty that denied Zambia a maiden final.

And earlier CAF threw out a petition from the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) demanding a relook into the poor officiating that cost its team a place in the WAFCON final citing ‘technicality’.

The video assistant referee (VAR) came to Banyana Banyana’s rescue, awarding them a late penalty to beat Zambia 1-0 in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) semifinals at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca, Morocco, on Monday night.

Linda Motlhalo converted the penalty deep in added time awarded by Ethiopian referee Lidya Tafesse Abebe as perennial bridesmaids Banyana reached their sixth Wafcon final, where they will aim to go one better than their five previous runners-up finishes.

Jerome Damon supervising the VAR

Jermaine Seoposenwe was the player brought down, but Abebe didn’t award the spot-kick before she was aided by the VAR to do so.

Jerome Kelvyn Damon is a retired South African football referee. He was voted PSL Referee of the Season in 2004–05 and 2008–09.

An international referee since 2000, Damon was on stand-by for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and was a referee at the 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

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