Chairman of the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG), Joe Debrah has implored the Ghana Football Association to mete out stiffer punishments for coaches on their constant beration of the performance of referees in the local leagues.
Following the public airing of the Anas documentary dubbed ‘Number 12’ which centered on influence peddling and match fixing on the domestic front, referees have been placed under the microscope with every action and inaction under the eagle eyes of the football fans.
This has birthed unguided suspicions, increased hooliganism and constant criticism of the ‘men in black’ at the helm of affairs.
In a bide to bridle the tongues of coaches and club officials from undermining referees, the Disciplinary Committee have summoned a number of coaches. This however has not appealed to the chairman of the welfare body of referees suggesting strict, firm and stiffer punishments for coaches who target referees at post match conferences.
“I do not understand why referees are banned for the rest of the season when they go wrong but clubs and coaches are giving trivial punishment for their wrongdoings,” Joe Debrah told Gye Nyame FM.
“Occasionally I hear the punishment given to the coaches which is good but I think they should increase it a little because the noise is too much on the airwaves,”
“Our coaches credit themselves when they win but tend to blame referees when they lose,” he lamented.