Blowing whistle on referees

HARARE - Much has been said and written about the falling standards of refereeing in Zimbabwean domestic football, as officials have dished out cards and penalties with reckless abandon.

Several games have, in effect, had their outcome influenced by questionable game-changing decisions. Wednesday’s hotly disputed game in the PSL between Dynamos and FC Platinum, which the champions won 1-0 courtesy of a dubious penalty, was no different.

By awarding that disputed penalty against Platinum, which ultimately won the game for Dynamos, Ruvize Ruzive has once again brought the integrity of local match officials into question.

Scarcely a PSL match takes place nowadays without the defeated coach berating the officials, endeavouring to convince themselves and anyone else who’s interested that their team has had a raw deal.

Platinum gaffer Lloyd Mutasa’s outburst after the Dynamos defeat was one such example.

It is a situation that needs addressing. You cannot blame Mutasa here. Coaches and their clubs should not have to tolerate third-rate officiating, especially in an age when one blunder can carry such enormous implications come season end.

So, who regulates referees? There is some committee at Zifa which is supposed to serve that purpose, but how come we have never heard of a referee being charged, suspended or relegated for such blatant dishonesty and incompetency?

Is that the authorities feel doing so will rob the officials of some respect and credibility, that charging or reversing referees’ decisions would embarrass them and make them look weak?

The fact of the matter though is that, no matter what, referees have lost respect among the football loving public of this country.

Besides, why shouldn't you be able to change a decision that is wrong?

Not wanting to charge referees or change questionable decisions is poor logic. Everyone knows that referees are human prone to mistakes, so people will accept an apology or a decision to overrule. 

Refusing to correct them only increases the spotlight on referees and raises suspicion.

The Zifa committee and PSL should be able to review all the questionable decisions during the weekend's play. It must also mete out punishment to players who were not given the appropriate sanction at the time by the referee.

It’s time to get serious.

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Comments (4)

this article condemns ruzive for bringing match officials' intergrity into "question" for "third rate officiating" - yet an no point in the article did the journo attempt to establish the authenticity or otherwise of the awarded penalty in the context of the fifa rules governing the awarding of penalties. so if you have not on the basis of the match evidence and governing rules not established the correctness of the penalty awarded what right do you have to judge and crucify ruzive. if you want to write emotional pieces devoid of objective analysis write under the column headlined "opinions" for this article is basically your opinion #Enoch Muchinjo. it can become a piece of news when you comment against the rule book relative to the circumstancial evidence - - for now, i have lost faith in your journalistic skills

bunduboy - 23 May 2014

It surprising that Ruzive penalty has ruffled so many feathers to the extend some sport writers who have nothing to report and seem to aligned to those teams that are desparate to stop Dembare from winning their fourth on the trot have suddenly found something to waffle since the game was played on Wednesday.As a mere journalist you have your own field of specialisation and so does Ruzive who was closer to the situation.Several penalties have been awarded to so many teams and there has not been so much outcry save from the teams on the receiving end,Platinnum themselves were beneficiary of a hotly disputed penalty in the Independency trophy in a game where 11 minutes were added but the reports focussed on the victorious Mutasa for having managed to snatch a win from the jaws of defeat albert with the assistance of the man in the middle.So Mr Sports writer whatever amount of energy you put in critising Ruzive's decision will overturn the result,the writting is on the wall,Dynamos won, collected 3 points which will make a difference come end of season,period like it or not.

GLAMOURBOY - 23 May 2014

I HATE THIS RUZIVE RUZIVE HE IS TOO BIASED IN FAVOUR OF DEMBARE>

shon corner - 23 May 2014

It has started and no one will stop it, I bet for you to be given a chance to handle a match you have to prove capable of giving Dembare the title

mzondiwa - 24 May 2014

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