Committee to probe FC AK- Garankuwa match

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Steve Goddard, chairman of the refs’ review committee says that while the match commissioner and the referee on the pitch at Eldorado Park, Leslie Dean, have both sent in their reports as per standard requirements, the committee is now seeking additional reports from the two linesmen and fourth official in view of a number of issues that have been raised.

During that game that finished 3-2 in favour of FC AK, four red cards and several yellow cards were dished out by Dean.

As the result stands now, Garankuwa have been relegated while FC AK became winners of the First Division Inland Stream.

“We want to look at every report closely and assess them collectively because there was an array of problems.

“In the reports we have received, two incidents took place during the game and another at the end,” says Goddard.

Trouble started when Garankuwa were leading 2-1 with Garankuwa players allegedly resorting to rough tackles in a bid to defend their lead.

Tensions rose higher as the game progressed and there are claims that one Garankuwa official was seen encouraging his players to attack referee Dean after he had handed them a second red card.

Security personnel and police were called in after the game to protect the referee.

Meanwhile, Safa’s national referees’ committee chairman Kirsten Nematandani reveals that they want to follow the English trend of having a full time review committee board.

“Currently the review committee only works part-time, but there has been a growing concern that there is a need for a permanent team that can look into the decisions made immediately after games.

“The review committee also has the powers to enforce a heavier suspension in the event that they feel a longer or more stringent punishment is relevant and necessary. But our committee only comes on board part-time.

“But our greatest wish is to have a committee that sits full-time to review games. This will obviously strengthen the review committee’s re-examining structures in our bid to encourage responsibility,” Nematandani adds.

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