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Review Refs Performance, Say Coaches

Navua and Labasa football coaches were unhappy at decisions made by ref­eree Suraj Prakash during the Digicel Premier League clash at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, on Sun­day.
19 Jul 2022 14:48
Review Refs Performance, Say Coaches
Navua striker Melvin Mani (back to camera) kicks a freekick as the Labasa players defended anxiously at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, on July 17, 2022. Photo: Leon Lord

Navua and Labasa football coaches were unhappy at decisions made by ref­eree Suraj Prakash during the Digicel Premier League clash at the Uprising Sports Centre in Pacific Harbour, Deuba, on Sun­day.

They played to a 1-1 draw under wet conditions.

Attempts to get a comment from the director of referees at the Fiji Football Association headquarters in Suva yesterday proved futile.

Speaking to SUNsports Labasa head coach, Ravneel Pratap, said players were frustrated at the referee’s decisions.

“I think the referee was not able to control the game and that frustrated the players,” he said.

“This needs to be improved. I’m not blaming the referee about the result but whatever transpired in the game that matters.

“That is when the right call is not made at the right time and that frustrates players.

Navua assistant coach Neil Singh said the performance of referees should be reviewed so that they can improve.

“The referees should go and have a good review about some of the calls they’ve made,”Singh said.

“Their decisions determine the outcome of a match,” he said.

“Making the right calls will help lift the standard of football in the country.

“There were some calls we disa­greed with but the referee’s call is always final,” he said.

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