The Chairman of the Western Region Chapter of the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) and referee instructor, Richard Atifu has lamented in an interview with Happy FM that Ghanaian referees consistently don’t read the laws of the game.
Reacting to questions during the interview, he explained that “no referee in Ghana can claim he doesn’t know the laws. Me as an instructor, I once in a while read the laws and each time I read the book, I feel that through out my life, I haven’t read it before. But most referees think they can officiate the game without reading the book, so consistent reading is their problem”.
“Whatever happened at Sogakope will now push people to read and constantly train physically because if you don’t, you will be left behind. And we’ve also empowered them to be consistent”, he said.
“Ever year, FIFA has to renew and affirm you as a referee so if your country doesn’t select you, you can’t do anything about that. Integrity is not about only refereeing or football administration. Integrity is about telling yourself the truth. So how will you tell yourself the truth? If you are always telling yourself the truth, you will always be doing the right thing. Whether you’re a football administrator, player or coaches, we must all posses some form of integrity”, he added.
A FIFA delegation organized an integrity workshop for all referees in Ghana and officials. All 105 referees passed the integrity test and 25 Ghanaian referee have been handed FIFA badges.
Brent Kojo Amenvor