Nigerian Referees Punished for ‘Ojoro’
Wrong calls in the Nigeria Professional Football League which see clubs complaining of ‘ojoro’ week after week is now being firmly addressed.
Already, the hammer of the Nigeria Football Federation Referees’ Committee has fallen on four referees, comprising two referees and two assistant referees found guilty of poor officiating and mismanagement of the game.
Those affected are Joseph Ogabor, who handled the South West derby in Ibadan, Shooting VS Remo Stars.
Ogabor has been suspended from officiating matches till the end of the first stanza of the league over an improper action of denying one of the teams, Remo Stars a valid goal which in turn had effect on the outcome of the game.
His assistant referees in the match, Bosede Momoh and Hulda Nkwocha were warned to brace up and improve on their cooperation skills with the referee or risk sanctions.
Also, one of the Assistant Referees in the Kano Pillars vs Enyimba, Tejiri Digbori, was found guilty of an attempt to cancel a goal arising from poor offside judgement in the match played in Kano a fortnight ago. Though his decision to stop the goal was overturned by the referee, Quadri Adebimpe, the defaulting Assistant Referee is banned till the end of the first stanza.
The Assistant Referee 2 in the Nassarawa vs Ifeanyi Uba, Abdurazak IB of Borno Referees Council has to rest for the next 8 weeks beginning from this weekend's matches for not only picking a wrong infringement on the field of play which misled the referee from awarding an undeserved penalty, but also rushed to the penalty area line before the referee actually signaled for a penalty; an act the Committee considered at variance to the Laws of the game.
The referee, Abubakar Zubairu was seriously warned to live up to expectations in subsequent matches and banned for 2 weeks for falling to the weakness of his assistant referee in identifying location of fouls and misconduct, and management of penalty Kick, as well as caving into the decision of the AR without proper clarification of the incident.
The Head of NFF Referees Unit/Referees Committee Secretary, Zubairu noted that the decisions were arrived at after watching video clips of all the matches including match reports from Referees Assessors adding that referees should be fair and firm in their assignments to avoid running foul of the Laws of the Game that would earn them disciplinary sanctions.