Zim risks los­ing ref­eree seats on Fifa panel

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

ZIM­BABWE risks not hav­ing ref­er­ees on the pres­ti­gious Fifa panel next year un­less Zifa ap­points a ref­er­ees com­mit­tee and or­gan­ises a Fifa ap­proved fit­ness and med­i­cal test by early Oc­to­ber.

The dead­line for nom­i­nat­ing can­di­dates for the panel is Oc­to­ber 2, ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­niqué is­sued by Fifa sec­re­tary-gen­eral Fatma Samoura to mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions.

Zifa has not had a ref­er­ees’ com­mit­tee since the new ad­min­is­tra­tion dis­banded all pre­vi­ous com­mit­tees, say­ing they wanted new brooms. In the com­mu­niqué, Fifa said all nom­i­nated ref­er­ees ought to have at­tended and passed a Fifa ap­proved fit­ness and med­i­cal test on or af­ter June 2, but be­fore the close of nom­i­na­tions date of Oc­to­ber 2. The last such test, which was ac­tu­ally phys­i­cal, was held in April. Zim­babwe has 17 in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ees made up of nine male ref­er­ees (three ref­er­ees and six as­sis­tants), six fe­male ref­er­ees (three ref­er­ees and an equal num­ber of as­sis­tants), as well as two Futsal ref­er­ees. “When nom­i­nat­ing a can­di­date, the mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions shall ob­serve spe­cific con­di­tions. Re­fer­ring to your ques­tion please read page 2, cri­te­ria 7,” said a Fifa spokesper­son, when con­tacted for a com­ment yes­ter­day on whether those ref­er­ees al­ready on the panel were af­fected by the re­quire­ments. Cri­te­ria 7 reads: “The pro­posed ref­er­ees shall have passed the ap­pro­pri­ate Fifa fit­ness test re­lated to the list they be­long to within the four months prior to the dead­line for nom­i­na­tion for the lists of in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ees and as­sis­tant ref­er­ees. They shall also have passed a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion cer­ti­fy­ing that they are fit to act as ref­er­ees within the four months prior to the dead­line for nom­i­na­tion for the lists of in­ter­na­tional ref­er­ees.

Fifa re­serves the right to re­quire ref­er­ees over the age of 45 to un­dergo ad­di­tional tech­ni­cal as­sess­ments as well as spe­cific med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions and fit­ness test­ing on a case-by-case ba­sis.”

Zim­babwe list of Fifa panel ref­er­ees

Fifa sec­re­tary-gen­eral Fatma Samoura Ref­er­ees: As­sis­tants: Ref­er­ees: As­sis­tants:

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