Abuja - The Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) has called on coaches of football clubs in the country to organise seminars on the rules of football for their players.
Moroof Oluwa, the NRA’s secretary, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
Oluwa said that part of the challenge confronting the association was the lack of understanding among football players and stakeholders of the rules governing football.
The secretary alleged that Nigerian referees had had to circumvent the laws and orders governing the game as a result of pressure by football coaches, managers and players.
"There are challenges but part of the major challenge facing us is lack of understanding by the stakeholders, such as spectators, managers and footballers, of the laws and rules governing football.
"A lot of our referees had been beaten up at match venues just because teams want to win by all means, whereas they didn’t prepare their teams for the game,’’ he said.
Oluwa urged a proper re-orientation of the coaches, manager and players to understand the rules governing football to avoid incessant embarrassments caused by players on the field of play.
"Our people don’t know that the law guiding the referees is also meant for the players, and this is why they call it universal law of the game. It is not universal law of the referees; it guides both the referees, players and even the spectators to know what they are playing.
"So, I think the most important thing is for the stakeholders to know the rules and regulations of the game and impart it to the players; so, by the time the referees are applying those rules, they will be effective in it,’’ he said.
According to him, a referee will always perform optimally at his best without fear and favour when there are adequate security measures on the field of play.
He called for adequate security when crucial matches were being played.