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League committee penalises referees

27th April 2012
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Azam team

The Mainland premier soccer league committee has chopped off referee Rashid Msangi from the business after botching Azam and Mtibwa Sugar match played at the former’s backyard last Sunday.

With two minutes before the match came to an end, Msangi awarded the host side a dubious penalty as the teams had tied on 1-1 draw.

Mtibwa Sugar, who were denied a clear goal midway into the second half on grounds of an offside, boycotted the penalty, a move that led to chaos and confusion for Msangi to end the match prematurely.

Azam who are chasing six more points to boost their maiden premiership title should they score more goals and pray for pacemakers Simba to lose their last match against archrivals Young Africans, have been awarded three precious points and as many goals.

The latest drama at Chamazi is the third match for the ice cream makers after the Dodoma chaos when the team played relegated Police FC and their March 10 tie against dethroned champions Yanga at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

Mtibwa Sugar have been bombarded with a half million shillings fine and the loss of the match by three goals.

The exclusion has extended to linesmen duo of Samuel Mpenzu and Abdallah Uhako who are to miss the top flight officiating.

According to premier league regulation 22(3-6) Mtibwa Sugar are supposed to pay the fine ahead of their subsequent match against African Lyon to be played at the Chamazi venue tomorrow.

The premier league committee also removed from the premier league business match commissioners’ trio of Abdallah Mitole, William Chibura and Omari Mawela for their failure to honour duties on their assigned matches.

The match commissioners have been told to provide written explanations linked with their missing on duties.

The trio was missing during premiership matches between Coastal Union vs Ruvu Shooting, Kagera Sugar vs Yanga and Kagera Sugar vs African Lyon, respectively.

In similar circumstances, the match commissioner who was supposed to be on duty when Moro United played Oljoro JKT, Ali Mkomwa and Said Mnonga, areferee during Villa Squad and Coastal Union encounter have been served with warning letters needing them to be careful next time.

The premier league committee members went on to suspend Kilimanjaro referee Nathaniel Lazaro who officiated a match between Moro United and Oljoro JKT for six months. Beside the suspension, he has also been omitted from the premier league after an infringement of breeching regulation number 26(1) (f) for time keeping.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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