Abuja - The NFF Referees Committee has come down hard on
three referees whose performances have been adjudged to be ‘low, costly and
unacceptable’ in the on-going Glo Premier League.
At a meeting it held on Friday, as part of week –long
activities to review the performance of match officials since the beginning of
the season with a view to offering tips for better performance in the second
stanza, the Committee suspended Referees Alaba Abiodun and Francis Agbaegbu and
Assistant Referee Abubakar Garba Yusuf till the end of the season following
investigation and critical analysis of their performances.
Abiodun (39, Ogun State) was found guilty of very poor
performance in a Week 16 match between Dolphins FC and Wikki Tourists in Port
Harcourt, during which he awarded a questionable penalty. Agbaegbu (39; Niger
State), was found culpable for gross misapplication of the rule on Added Time,
in allowing an added time of 16 minutes in a Week 7 match between Shooting Stars
and Warri Wolves in Ibadan, which certainly favoured the home team.
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Assistant Referee Yusuf (40; Kaduna State), was found guilty
of awarding one faulty offside decision and two wrong penalties which altered
the final result of the match between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Abia Warriors last
The Committee was convinced that Referee Sani Mohammed
(Kaduna State) did not fully brief his assistants before the said match (FC
IfeanyiUbah/Abia Warriors), and has been warned to ensure pre –match briefings
to his team henceforth. Also, Referee China Blessed (29; Rivers State) is to be
kept under watch for his performance in the Week 16 match between Enyimba FC
and Abia Warriors.
In the release signed by the Chairman of the NFF Referees
Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, the Committee resolved that additional
measures be put in place to sustain the quality of refereeing in the Glo
Premier League that has been globally hailed during the first half of the
During the seminars, the Committee was able to present
current teaching materials acquired from world football –governing body, FIFA,
including new scripts on current interpretations on handball and offside.
It would be recalled that earlier in the season, the
Committee had suspended Referee John Charles (Enugu State) and O. Matador (Abia
State) for poor performance in a Week 4 match between Sunshine Stars and
Dolphins FC in Akure.
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