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Referees discuss, CIC, Ramdhan

 THE  Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) has  condemned both the aggressive behaviour of coaches and  technical staff of the St Mary’s College team towards match officials last month in the Big 5 final against Presentation College, and also subsequent comments allegedly made by former FIFA referee Ramesh Ramdhan.

These were among the issues discussed when the Trinidad and Tobago Football Referees Association (TTFRA) held its statutory monthly meeting last Sunday. 

Referees called on all leagues and associations to take the stringent measures to prevent such behaviour, saying it lowers the morale of referees who see their contribution to football being devalued and discredited. Personal safety issues are also a concern. The referees body took issue with comments allegedly made by Ramdhan, the head of the refereeing  department of the Trinidad And Tobago Football Association,  in an interview on radio station I95.5 a few nights after the game. 

“Mr Ramdhan, as head of the refereeing department of the TTFA, has responsibility for all aspects of refereeing in Trinidad and Tobago which includes development, promotion, appointments, etc.  It is indeed regrettable, unfortunate, and unfair that Mr Ramdhan should choose to distance himself from both the situation and his charges for which he has direct responsibility,”  the TTRFA said in a media release

“We wish to remind the football public that the TTFRA has not been directly involved  in the training and development and appointment of referees since 2010 when the TTFA, under the FIFA refereeing organisation regulations, assumed full responsibility for these functions through its referees department. These functions had been performed by the Referees Association quite successfully for more than 50 years,” the  release continued. 

“We assure the general public and the refereeing  fraternity that we continue to provide the moral support for our members who continue to be unfairly  treated by way of verbal abuse, threats of violence and now belittling of their personal efforts as they strive to serve the game of football in the country under very trying and even onerous conditions.”

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