South African football match delayed after referees get arrested | inside World Soccer

A South African Premiership match was delayed for an hour last weekend after the referees were arrested on their way to the match.

The arrest of a squad of referees caused a delay for a South African Premiership match
The arrest of a squad of referees caused a delay for a South African Premiership match

The officials had been scheduled to handle a first-round fixture between hosts Platinum Stars and Wits University at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

While the match was originally set for 3 p.m. kick off, the game had to be delayed for an extra hour following the arrest of a squad of referees.

The car transporting the referees to the game was reported stolen and as a result the match officials were reportedly arrested and taken to a police station in Pretoria before being released.

A replacement set of referees were sent to take over the game and the game eventually kicked off 60 minutes late.

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