BPL refereeing under FIFA scanner

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:06, Feb 15,2021 | Updated: 00:14, Feb 16,2021


The refereeing quality of the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League was under the scanner of world football governing body FIFA after the Bangladesh Football Federation send a video footage of a dubious decision.

The match between league leaders Bashundhara Kings and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club on February 13 ended in a goalless draw at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Jamal could have won the match if referee Jalal Uddin did not rule out a goal by Gambian forward Pa Omar Jobe in the 88th minute for a foul on Kings’ defender Topu Barman.

Topu fell on the ground while trying to tackle Jobe, who dribbled past the defender before shooting the ball into the net.

Jamal coach Shafiqul Islam Manik questioned the quality of refereeing and termed the decision as injustice after the match.

‘It’s an injustice against us. I think it’s a partiality committed by the referee... Jobe did not commit foul,’ said Manik.

Jamal’s club officials later made a written complaint to the Football Federation and the BFF sent the video footage to the FIFA Referees Department to get a fair decision.

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin on Monday said that he watched the video footage several times with some BFF’s technical experts but could not remove the confusion over the referee’s decision.

‘I will not give a judgment as technical experts are divided, some are saying it was a goal, some are saying it was a foul,’ said Salahuddin at his office.

‘I can make a comment only after getting the decision from FIFA. We have already sent the video footage to FIFA where the world experts are available,’ he added.

Salahuddin also informed that the BFF also are in communication with FIFA to introduce the VAR system in the football league.

‘As a matter of fact, I am very much interested to introduce VAR system to come out from controversy…We are in communication with FIFA in this regard.’ he added.

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