Does SANAS accredit football referees?

Original publish date – Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:30:34 +0000, Keith

I’m amazed how how different referees handle different games. Many of us believe that the Bafana Bafana vs Uruguay game was badly refereed. The Uruguyan player was offside before he took the ball into the penalty area and was fouled by our goalkeeper. The referee saw it the other way. Another referee never penalised Thierry Henry for handball in the game against Ireland and instead awarded a goal.

There is very little consistency about refereeing decisions. Even the same referee will see different players differently and award a free kick or even a red card, when a bit later on, he will have no problem with a similar incident.

The players now know very well how to play the ref – how to fly theatrically through the air in the hope of getting a free kick. How many times do you see both players claim the free kick, or the throw-in or the corner?

How many times have you seen a referee reverse his decision? The players crowd around him and argue for ages, but he will not even look at the big screen and even if he has made a mistake, is unlikely to reverse the decision, even if he knows he had mad a mistake. The biggest concern is refereeing is inconsistent, and referees do not always apply the law properly.

The only conclusion I can come to is all referees have been accredited by SANAS. That would explain a lot!!!


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