Fidelis Ilechukwu Makes Case for Nigerian Referees


Plateau United head Coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu has praised the efforts of the Interim management committee for the handling of Match officials and the quality of so far this season in the NPFL.

Ilechukwu, in a chat with FL, also appealed for leniency with Referees that have been indicted this season.

“It was not bad, IMC has done so much concerning officiating, it was not bad, but I don’t want to be on the side of the Referee because there are some that were sanctioned or banned, who in my own opinion, they must come up with second chance.

“I mean they are humans, so they need to have a second chance; some of the decisions might be mistakes, but if He has the benefit of VAR to know if he made a right call or not, things will get better.”

“The referees are human, I’m not trying to protect them, but I believe that the IMC has worked hard to see that the bad eggs are going to be punished, but there are some other decisions that other Referees make that I think were honest mistakes, they have to give them the chance for a second opinion.

“That is what we are working on, to take every place as our home and every place as away, so going anywhere, you understand that you can win, you can draw as well as lose, this is how it is now in Nigerian football and it is very good for our football.”

Plateau United will look to avenge their 3-2 loss to Gombe United when they play the same team immediately after the league resumes from the mid-season break.

The Jos club are currently 4th on the log, level on points with third placed Akwa United at the top of the group A standings.


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