August 14, 2020
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Refs are better prepared for semis: Varman

Referees are better prepared for the semifinals of the 2020 Punjas Battle of the Giants in Lautoka and teams should expect good control, says Fiji FA Referees' Director Rakesh Varman.

Varman admits referees made some mistakes during the group matches but they have reviewed, rectified and discussed all issues.

“The performance of the referees should be better in the semifinals and final this weekend. We have had three days of solid training and the referees are determined to give their best.”

“The referees have admitted making mistakes and we do not want to see the same errors repeated in the semifinals. We have had some good discussions and I can assure the teams and the spectators that the control of the matches will be good and only the best and the fittest match officials will be picked.”

“We have reduced our panel from 15 to 8 and the appointment of match officials will be made on Saturday morning after our briefing.”

Varman added that some referees who have been given a second chance and those with OFC badges will be strictly monitored for their performance and they will not tolerate inconsistencies and clear refereeing errors.

By Reginald Chandar


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