Calabar - Michael Usie, FIFA Licensed referee, has availed
the Under-17 national team benefits of his experience with a lecture on the stipulated
laws of the game.
At an interactive session at the team's Princeville Hotel
Camp in Calabar on Tuesday, Usie a Nigeria Premier League referee and International
referee since 2008 dwelled on the vexed Law 11 and 12 which respectively
emphasised on offside rules, fouls and misconduct.
"It is very necessary that you know the rules guiding
the game because you make the referees' job easier when you understand the
rules," stated 37-year-old Usie.
Usie who incidentally officiate the Golden Eaglets goalless
draw against Nationwide Division Two side, Anantigha Stars on Saturday, used
the opportunity to address glaring errors committed by the players.
He warned the players against taking the law into their
hands since the only constituted authority is the centre referee and his assistants.
"Both the centre referee and the assistants work
hand-in-hand and you must respect them," he admonished." In fact, the
referee mostly rely on the assistants in determining off side position and
irrespective of what you think, the assistant referee is as powerful as the
He equally warned the players against committing fouls since
safety is the foremost priority of FIFA during and after matches even as he reminded
that it was the responsibility of the captain to ensure proper behaviour of his
He added: "The law says there is indecency by words or
action, as such you must refrain from bad behaviour and displaying unnecessary
anger against the referee.”
"Of course, there is sanction for careless, reckless
and violent conduct and you must refrain from any of these," he warned.
Officials and players thanked Usie for the instructive
session which has opened their eyes to gray arrears about the rules governing
the game and has promised to use the knowledge gained positively in the days
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