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25.07.2005 Football News

Club Chairman complain of biased officiating

GNA

Accra, July 25, GNA - Alhaji Osman Mohammed, Chairman of Great Afienya United has said that bad eye sights, biased officiating and strange decisions of some match officials may be the cause of violence at Division One League (DOL) centres.

He said Ghana soccer would go places if match officials were open minded and interpret the rules of the game and desist from allowing dubious penalties, and decisions on flimsy excuses.

Alhaji Mohammed was commenting on the performance of the match officials of the Division One League match between Afienya United and Saint Mirren at the Indafa Park on Saturday to the GNA Sports after the two had played a 1-1 drawn game

The Chairman suggested periodic eye tests for match officials before handle matches to ensure that they interpret the rules of the game efficiently and effectively.

He said it was common for some referees to strangely ignore beautiful goals scored, award dubious penalties and allow offside goals, which sometimes bring the game into disrepute and create opportunity for fans to vent their anger on the officials.

Alhaji Mohammed said the performance of certain referees' demoralise young footballers and dip their talents and therefore urged match officials to be fair and firm to encourage lovers of the sport any time they handle matches.

The match witnessed the award of a doubtful penalty against Afienya United in the 15th minute but Saint Mirren's keeper, Prince Bekoe shot off target.

After the miss, Saint Mirren fought back after gallantly to take the lead in the 35th minute when Joshua Nai slotted home the ball, but Afienya United quickly got the equalizer through Stephen Adade on the 45th minute mark to end the first half.

The second half of the game recorded no goal till the blast of the referee's whistle for the end of proceedings.

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