Hooliganism in football these days is becoming unbearable, and referees are most at times the victims of those circumstances. Referees are being attacked in matches with several of them suffering series of injuries. Leadership in football is now on their feet to find an ever lasting solution to this canker.
In an interview with Mumuni Abdul-Mumin, the host of SportsCenter on Radio Tamale, the Northern Regional Referees Manager, Mr A. A Alhassan added his voice to the steps that should be taken to get solution to the menace. He said, team officials and fans should always report Referees to Competitions Organizers for their concerns to be addressed when they think referees in one way or the other failed to do the right thing in their matches rather than using violence to seek for redress. Attacking referees he said will never be a solution to the problem.
“Team officials and fans should use the right channels to seek for redress of their grievance rather than resorting to violence conducts. They should report Referees to Competitions Organizers through writing and do not attack them on the pitch” – Mr A. A Alhassan Said.
According to the Referees Manager, referees are punished by the appropriate authorities for misconducts when they proved guilty of accusations labeled against them. So why attacking them rather than reporting to the organizers? Reporting to the organizers is more appropriate than attacking them on pitches. He added that referees are human and do make mistakes just like everyone does in life. So team officials and fans should be patient with them.
“We are human. We do make mistakes. So when it happens, forgive us or report us to the authorities but don’t attack us on the pitch”, Mr. A A added.
The Chairman of RAG, N/R also used the opportunity to call on all referees to be more vigilant in their duties as referees and make sure that they revise the laws of the game day in day out. According to him, this will also help minimize hooliganism in football.
“I urge all referees to be vigilant in matches. We should also revise the laws of the game day in day out and must always update ourselves”- Mr Alhassan added.
Northern Region can boast of several Premier League referees, both men and women that are doing quite well. Recently, two of them, Mohammed Misbau and Salifu Barkisu went for Fifa Budge Course and are waiting for the outcome.
By : Mumuni Abdul-Mumin, sportsmrnews.com