Chiyangwa warns ref­er­ees

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Te­dious Manyepo

ZIM­BABWE Ref­er­ees’ Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Philip Chiyangwa has chal­lenged match of­fi­cials to con­duct them­selves in a pro­fes­sional man­ner when­ever pre­sid­ing over matches if they are to last the dis­tance in this game.

Ad­dress­ing the ref­er­ees for the first time since he landed the chair­per­son’s post at his of­fices in Harare yes­ter­day, Chiyangwa said his ad­min­is­tra­tion will not tol­er­ate any form of medi­ocrity on the part of the match of­fi­cials.

“Ref­er­ees are a very im­por­tant com­po­nent of foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion and management. When the ref is on the pitch, they are the boss and no one can in­ter­fere so you have to make the right de­ci­sions,” said Chiyangwa.

“Fifa rules and reg­u­la­tions are that no other per­son can do any­thing when you are still on the pitch.

“As ref­er­ees, you have to be pro­fes­sional and make sure that you don’t be­come the news at the end of the game.

“Spec­ta­tors should go back home dis­cussing how good the match was not dis­cussing some ques­tion­able de­ci­sions the ref­eree would have made.

“Don’t be lured by any­one to take bribes to in­flu­ence the out­come of matches. We will have a team to be headed by some­one cred­i­ble which will be work­ing around those cor­rup­tion is­sues."

Zifa es­tab­lished the Ref­er­ees’ Com­mit­tee along with other sub-com­mit­tees which are ex­pected to as­sist in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the game.

Chiyangwa said he will visit Bu­l­awayo, along with a crack in­ves­tiga­tive team, on a mis­sion to es­tab­lish what ac­tu­ally tran­spired in the ill-fated Bu­l­awayo derby which fea­tured Chicken Inn and High­landers two weeks ago.

The game ended in a 1-1 stale­mate but was marred by some con­tro­ver­sial of­fi­ci­at­ing to­wards the end which torched vi­o­lence.

“I am go­ing to visit Bu­l­awayo and I have also in­structed my team in Bu­l­awayo to find out who were be­hind the chaotic scenes which erupted on the day in ques­tion,” said Chiyangwa.

Chiyangwa said foot­ball should bring peace and unite peo­ple.

Philip Chiyangwa

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.