Varman defends league match officials’ decision

Action from the Vodafone Senior League match between Lami and Navua at the Fiji Football Academy ground in Vatuwaqa yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

Action from the Vodafone Senior League match between Lami and Navua at the Fiji Football Academy ground in Vatuwaqa. Picture: ATU RASEA/File

FIJI Football Association referees’ director Rakesh Varman has defended his match officials’ call in the Vodafone Senior League match between Navua and Lami at the Fiji FA Academy ground in Vatuwaqa yesterday.

Navua coach Ramesh Chandra claimed the decisions made by the match officials were incorrect saying they were victimised in the 0-1 loss to Lami.

“Nickel Chand was yellow carded in the first half and he committed five fouls in the second half, but no cards were given to him. I am not saying this because my player Munit Chand was red carded,” Chandra claimed.

“There was no ball boys and medics at the ground so how can they play the game. When one of the fans questioned where was the ball boy one of the Lami players swore from inside. Then one of the Lami players went on to manhandle a spectator.

“There are rules that we cannot go against since referees’ decision is final.”

Lami striker Francis Catarogo scored the lone goal of the match in the first half.

Varman said the referees made the correct call using the new communication kits which were used by the match officials and the referees’ assessor in the match.

“There were four ball boys and as for the complaint on the referees where they claimed that Lami striker used his hand, but when I interviewed the AR (assistant referee) he said that the player chested the ball,” Varman said.

“I was not happy with the behaviour of the few spectators who were trying to fight among themselves and fight with Lami officials and pass remarks and swore at the referee. It is not right and it will not take them far.”

Meanwhile, Varman said the elite referees would use the communication kits to officiate the matches including in the tournaments as well.

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