Soccer News of Monday, 1 February 2016
Ghanaian referees have been brandished with names such as – incompetent, clueless and the top of name calling is being corrupt for receiving petty cash from teams and influence games to their benefits.
The Ghanaian premier league is battling with brand image, style of play exhibited from teams and sponsorship deals which tops them all. The debate has been going on whether referees game or match bills should be footed by clubs or remain the sole responsibility of the Ghana football association.
Retired referee and now a reverend minister, Nsiah Boafo has called on the FA not to buy into the idea of teams footing bills of referees as it will be a breeding ground for more match-fixing allegations. In an interview with Boss fm, Mr. Nsiah Boafo said, “I suggest the GFA should be in-charge of the referees – food, hotel, security and all that is needed for referees to protect our game just as international referees enjoy.”
In an interesting banter experience Ghanaian referee, Ladbridge has talked down Rev. Boafo’s submission and believes the clubs taking responsibility of referees bill for a game will only challenge the men-in-black to be more professional and officiate in fairness.
In an interview with Boss fm, referee Ladbridge said, ‘In the game of football there are human and technical errors. there are instances where the referee might be making genuine mistakes and some deliberate as well but his conscience should serve him better.
“If you as a good referee allow the home team influence your decision it casts a slur on you as a person and even your kids will be mocked at school for your poor performance’” he added.
Ghana’s Joseph Lamptey and David Laryea are part of the selected referees – as referee and assistant referee at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.