BREAKING | Former PSL referee Ian McLeod dies

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Ian McLeod leads the team out during a league match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Ian McLeod leads the team out during a league match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa.  Image: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
Respected former South African referee Ian McLeod passed away on Thursday night.

South African Football Association (Safa) communications manager Dominic Chimhavi confirmed to TimesLIVE that well-known McLeod was admitted to hospital after telling his wife that he was not feeling well.

“He was match commissioner at a recent national first division match and on his return home he told his wife that he was not feeling well‚” Chimhavi said.

“He was admitted to hospital and sadly passed away on Thursday night.”

McLeod became the first South African to referee in a Fifa World Cup when he officiated in the 1998 global showpiece in France.

He was restructuring the referees’ structures at Safa at the time of his death.

BY MNINAWA NTLOKO

TMG Digital

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