The National Referees Association (NRA) has come in defence of its decision to ban First Grade referee, Roy Williams for life saying the ref had severely failed his duties in the match between Civo United and Masters Security FC in the Presidential Cup play-off last week.
The match was abandoned after a series of events that caused mayhem when Civo led by a goal and Masters Security had their goal disallowed before the Civo extended their lead in a little over 28 minutes.
According to NRA General Secretary, Chris Kalichero the body had found Williams ‘guilty of failing to observe the rules of the game’.
Kalichero says they can not have a referee who has no respect to the laws and yet go ahead to officiate matches.
”In a referee’s profession, observing laws of the game is vital because it is a key part of protecting the lives of players. If referees fail to observe the laws, they put the lives of players at risk. That was the case in that match. He should, therefore, never officiate in any match, including social football or any small league.” says the NRA.
Ironically Williams had also served a nine month ban for controversial decisions of this sort.
This is what the NRA notes with regret that Williams had not changed despite continued advice despite of the suspension itself.
This forced the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Competitions’ Committee to rule of a replay of the match -a replay which Masters Security won 1 nil.