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Banned referee

Written By : Arun Prasad Nasinu. In the recent Fiji FACT, we saw a referee expelled from the tournament for not performing to the expected level. The action against him
12 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Arun Prasad Nasinu. In the recent Fiji FACT, we saw a referee expelled from the tournament for not performing to the expected level.
The action against him was taken after the crucial pool game between Suva and Rewa where a goal was scored from an off-side position which dearly cost the losing team, Suva.
We acknowledge that in lifting the standard of soccer in the country such decisions by the organisers, in this case acting president Dr Hari Kewal, were very crucial, timely and welcome.
However we will need to be mindful of the fact that the referee concerned was new. Maybe instead of asking him to leave the tournament, they should have let him stay as there were some very senior referees around who would have provided guidance.
He should have been allowed to observe the tournament to lift his refereeing standards and prepare him for future games.
The irony was that during the official opening ceremony there was an even worse and embarrassing moment when a Fiji FA official addressed the chief guest – the high commissiner of India – as the prime minister of India. The mistake not only brought disrepute to the sport but to the nation as a whole. In this situation the acting president should have asked for the resignation of this senior official.
Fiji FFA should be fair and transparent in its decisions.


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