Zanzibar Football Association (ZFA) has slapped one year suspension to four referees for misconduct committed during recent league matches.
The decision to suspend the referee was reached during a meeting of the executive committee under chairmanship of ZFA vice-president Haji Ameir.
ZFA’s information officer Munir Zachariah told press members here that the referees have been ordered not to be involved in practicing the profession throughout the year.
The axe had fallen to Ramadhani Ibada Kibo who has a FIFA badge.
Other referees who have tasted the ZFA wrath include Mgaza Kiduli, Mohammed Kassim and Ramtula Ali.
Zachariah said the suspensions have been imposed on the referees as a move to make sure that soccer rules are adhered to and save the game from a possible disrepute.
“We are not able to succeed in soccer if we have a brand of officials who are misbehaving and players who are not following the rules of the game,” said Zachariah.
Referees are supposed to be in the frontline for supervising and upholding of soccer rules but to the contrary they have done otherwise to halt the objective, so says Zachariah.
“The ZFA spokesman said it’s better to remain with few referees who are competent instead of having a huge number of untrustworthy officials in Zanzibar,” another remark from the ZFA officer.
Of late there has been an increased wave of violence in Zanzibar soccer league matches as players and referees have been trading punches at a broad daylight.
Barely a fortnight now have a number of players from Kikwajuni, KMKM and Ngome been suspended as a result of fighting against each other during league matches.
The spokesman said ZFA is now following closely all football activities in Zanzibar to ensure rules and regulations are adhered to.