Thoroughly examine footballers, referees when league resumes-Rtd Referee

Retired FIFA referee William Agbovi has underscored the need for players and referees to be tested and thoroughly examined after the suspended league resumes.

The experienced referee told Rainbow Radio’s Isaac Worlanyo Wallace that it would be prudent for both players and referees to be examined when the pandemic coronavirus is resolved.

Mr. Agbovi believes it wouldn’t be proper for only players of referees to be examined rather all stakeholders.

He also advised referees to use the suspension of the league to train personally so they will continue to remain fit.

He asked the referees to engage in shadow officiating.

The suspension of the league he said is not a holiday for referees because ”if you want to stay fit, you have to continue training”.

”A referee who refuses to train will be rusty. Our job is premised on two things, the physical condition and laws. The laws are important as well as physical condition. Without that, you cannot work as a referee. Without them, you cannot function effectively.”

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has suspended the local league.

This came after the government’s decision to ban all public gatherings for four weeks in the face of the fast-changing nature of the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world.

“The Ghana Football Association following the directives given by the President of the Republic on Sunday, March 15, 2020, has suspended all its competitions with immediate effect until further notice,” the Ghana FA said in a statement on Sunday night.

“The Government of Ghana announced new protocols on Sunday and consequently the GFA will immediately follow the new issued protocols and guidelines.

“The Association will continue to engage the relevant institutions on this matter and update its members and all stakeholders of any changes”.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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