Chairman of the referees appointment committee, Eddy Doku, has urged club administrators of various Prem iership clubs to desist from paying bribes to referees.

The chairman made these remarks after referees were the major talking points after matchday 23 of league action.

Liberty and Aduana had their problems but the biggest issue was at Kumasi where Dreams administrative manager, Ameenu Shardow, called referee Nathan Anafo a murderer.

A comment which did not go down well with Mr Doku.

“I am a bit surprised because you can’t call any referee an armed robber or a murderer because he has not committed any crime.

“If you have anything that is bothering you, you refer it to the referee review committee but concerning Kotoko and Dreams FC, I have watched the video but we shouldn’t jump into conclusion that it was not a penalty or not but I will personally report the incident to the committee because what I saw I think nothing critically happened so I will send it to the committee for them to determine it.”

Above all, the regional Football Association chairman urged that club administrators stop paying bribes.

“We will need prayers and as I speak I am having clubs that I am running at the lower divisions and when I sit at the bench and watch some attitude of the referees I will say it incompetence or human error but it is different in the Premiership and as I speak there are eight referees that have been punished already but I can again assure the clubs that there are good referees among them.

“My position as the Committee Chairman of the Referees Appointment Committee, it is my core duty to ensure that we get good referees to officiates our league matches but I will also like to say that the club administrators should also stop paying bribes but we should rather come together and repair the damages in our football if we want the league to progress.

“I don’t have control on the club administrators but I have absolute power over the referees so I am telling the referees that they should always go and do their best any day on the field of play and I am saying that if you are referee and you are being caught at the review panel, you will be punished and you will never return back to officiate matches.” Doku added.

 

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