Black referees ‘blocked’ in English football

Black referees are failing to get into the higher reaches of English football because of the way they are assessed, a campaigner stated Tuesday.

Reuben Simon, an ambassador for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) officers at Ref Assist United kingdom, stated overt racism at worst and unconscious bias at most effective had been equally taking part in a portion in blocking the development of non-white referees.

Uriah Rennie was the final black referee in the increased reaches of the English game prior to retiring in 2009. 

There are no BAME referees at this time doing the job in the top rated 4 divisions, and only just one in the National League.

Match assessors at all ranges of English football analyze the performance of referees, with their conclusions playing a vital role in how far up the league ladder officials climb.

But Simon claimed a new system of assessing the assessors was desired to fight discrimination.”It is really a myth that you can find a lack of black referees — there are masses at grassroots level but they are not progressing up the pyramid,” Simon
explained to Britain’s Push Affiliation.”Why? They are staying blocked. There is a ceiling for black referees and it is non-league.”When a footballer is pretty excellent it’s evident and it is in the
manager’s fascination to select them.

So even managers with racist views have
picked black footballers.”But conclusions about referees are extra subjective.”Simon stated when there was “very little wrong” with observers generally
being “white chaps of a unique age” even very well-which means officers
could discriminate against black referees.”Most try to be as fair as possible.

But there is also no dilemma there is a good deal of unconscious bias in the rankings,” he added.Simon stated the Football Association, English football‘s governing overall body, could get started to rectify the trouble.”Let’s fake that every single black ref is rubbish — it truly is possible, not
probable — but let us look at that by sending out a ghost observer to the
similar games as these assessors who give black refs weak marks.

And let us do it a couple times, just to make sure,” he mentioned.Simon’s reviews will include to the debate about racism in football, with black players these types of as England’s Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling the two lamenting what they see as a lack of major motion by football
chiefs in tackling the situation.


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Botswana FA expected Bondo to make World Cup referees list – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Staff Reporter

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 18:30

Botswana Football Association (BFA) expected Joshua Bondo to be named amongst African match referees who will officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

However, the Motswana referee, who took charge of several World Cup qualifification (CAF) matches, failed to make the cut.

BFA executive committee member responsible for referees, Eatametse Olopeng told Mmegi that it was disappointing that no local referee had been picked for the tournament.

“It is disappointing,” Olopeng, who had expected Bondo’s name to be on the list, said.

“But we have to keep working hard in order to develop more referees.

“We had expected that someone like Bondo would make the cut, looking at the fact that he handled all the qualifiers,” he added.

“It’s unfortunate, but we have to accept as we are not the ones responsible for selection.”

Zambian Janny Sikazwe, Algerian Mehdi Charef, Senegalese Malang Diedhiou, Gambian Bakary Gassama, Egyptian Ghead Grisha and Ethiopian Weyesa Bamlak are the six African referees who have been chosen by FIFA for next year’s tournament.


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Ugandan referees to officiate at CECAFA and Chan tournaments


Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 17, 2017. 16:30

Three Ugandan referees will hoist the country’s flag as they are appointed to officiate during the upcoming CECAFA Cup and the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship.

The three referees who are FIFA licensed is Alex Muhabi, Dick Okello and Ronald Katenya. They will officiate at the 2017 CECAFA tournament scheduled for December 3-16 in Kenya.

Muhabi will be a centre referee while Okello and Katenya will officiate as assistant referees during the regional showpiece.


According to a statement from the Federation of Ugandan Football Associations, the trio will arrive in Nairobi on November 29 to undergo medical and fitness tests the following day.

In a similar development centre referee, Brian Miiro Nsubuga, has been appointed by the CAF to officiate at the 2018 CHAN tournament in Morocco.

Nsubuga is also a certified FIFA referee and will first head to Cairo for a course between November 27 and December 1.

Moreover, the appointed referees will undergo physical, theoretical and medical tests.

Nsubuga becomes the second Ugandan referee to officiate at the CHAN tournament after Mark Ssonko in Rwanda in 2016.


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Chiyangwa urges Zim referees to aim for FIFA World Cup – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Chiyangwa urges Zim referees to aim for FIFA World Cup

Phillip Chiyangwa, ZIFA and COSAFA President

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 12:30

Zimbabwean Football Association’s president Philip Chiyangwa has urged Zimbabwe’s top referees to strive to become officials good enough to officiate at the FIFA World Cup finals.

Chiyangwa praised the referees for shunning controversies linked to match manipulation and exhibiting a degree of professionalism that has also won them some plaudits from FIFA.

He was speaking when the country’s top 35 match officials were in class at Prince Edward for a week-long FIFA Member Associations course.


Chiyangwa also hailed the efforts made by FIFA and the local instructors to build the capacities of local referees.

The ZIFA and COSAFA president said his association would continue to prioritise referee education among its key development pillars.

“It is a great honour to stand before you ladies and gentlemen tasked with probably the most difficult and equally invaluable role in as far as the game of football is concerned,” said Chiyangwa.

“That is ensuring the equitable application of the laws of the game, in the face of ceaseless criticism from the media, players and coaches alike.

“I am not saying that as referees you are faultless, and you should be immune from criticism, but that does not in any way undermine the great value which your input adds to football.

“As an association, we prioritise referee education because you are the custodians of the laws of the game on the field of play. In that regard, referees have to be perfectly clear of what they are doing all the time to avoid inconsistent application of rules.”


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Cairo derby to have foreign referees


Cairo derby to have foreign referees

Al-Ahly’ Jounir Agay (C) fights for the ball with Zamalek player Mahmoud Hamdy (R) and Mohamed Nasef (L) during the Egyptian Super Cup

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 14:00

Next week’s Cairo derby will be refereed by foreign officials, as confirmed by the Egyptian FA.

Egyptian Premier League champions Al Ahly will put their unbeaten record on the line when they face Zamalek in the 34th round of the 2016/17 season. The match is set to be held on Monday, July 17.

The appointment of foreign referees is no surprise, with the Cairo derby renowned for being a fiery encounter, and the EFA are eager to ensure their own officials remain above reproach.

The EFA has also confirmed that the 2017/18 season of the Premier League will kick-off on Sunday, September 9 – the weekend after Egypt’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda.


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