The Nigeria Referees Committee has announced the suspension of the centre referee who took charge of the Gombe United Vs Rivers United NPFL game on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Pantami Stadium.
According to the decision of the NFF Referees Committee endorsed by the Head of Refereeing Unit of the NFF/Secretary of the Referees Committee of the NFF, Sani Zubairu, FIFA RTD, the Referee, Agboola Sarafa of Osun state Referees Council has been asked to sit out the rest of the season.
With the home side leading 1-0 after scoring in the first half, visitors Rivers United thought they had equalised in the 84th minutes of the encounter only for referee Agboola to disallow the goal citing an infringement inside the box.
Zubairu disclosed that the decision to stop the referee was as a result of poor handling and sheer display of incompetence which affected the outcome of the match. The head of the refereeing unit further added that a concise approach was adopted by usage of the video clips and report of the assessment to find the referee wanting in the discharge of his duties and gross abuse of the laws of the game in the said match.
The sanctioned referee was further recommended to the disciplinary Committee for further action.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, President, Tade Azeez has reiterated that the association shall not condone any acts by referees to bring the game to disrepute warning that any match official found wanting in unethical acts or Officiating not in conformity to the Laws of the Game, LOG, in any match shall face the music with adequate punishment.
Information from the NRA was used in this report.