Gangtok, 12 Sept:
Sikkim Football Association’s Referee Board has asserted that the recent manhandling of a referee after the Sikkim League match was very unfortunate.
While strongly condemning the incident, the Referee Board demanded that the club first accept its mistake and then apologize to the referee in public.
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, the referee in question, Subash Tamang, claimed that a group of supporters and players of the Sikkim Aakraman Football Club attacked him after their match with Sikkim Police recently.
He stated that the attack could have ended much worse if SFA officials had not intervened and protected him.
He stressed that it was the duty of the coach to keep players in control but this particular incident, it was the coach who was seen provoking the players. Mr Tamang is convinced that if the coach had displayed more responsibility, no incident would have occurred that day.
He asserted that such attacks on referees were not healthy for the game.
“We are ready to compromise but they should first accept their mistake and apologize in public and agree to our other terms,” he said.
He pointed out that such attacks on the referees have taken place in the past as well, but this time the attack took place off the field and after the match which was an even more dangerous trend. It is informed that Mr Tamang has also registered a general diary in Sadar Thana.
Likewise, Head of Referees, Bikash Pradhan, stated that the attack was unfortunate and not something one expected from a big club like Sikkim Aakraman FC. He stated that if SFA officials Phurba Sherpa and Tenzing Lachungpa had not intervened, the referee could have sustained grievous injuries.
Mr Pradhan informed that SFA had brought referees from outside the State last year and that even they were attacked on the ground.
He added that referees were not safe until the coaches played a role and controlled their teams instead of provoking them. He expressed satisfaction with the decision taken by SFA to ban Sikkim Aakraman and its officials and players for a year.