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GPA coach blasts ref after draw

Feb 10, 2015, 10:18 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Gambia Ports Authority head coach Alagie Sarr has hit out at the referee who officiated his side’s week seven encounter in the Gambia Football Federation first division league match against Wallidan FC at the KG5 Mini Stadium in Banjul on Saturday.

Sarr said he was disappointed with the way the referee officiated the game, adding that as a referee he does not need to favour any team.

“I’m really disappointed with the referee, because he does not need to favour any team. If the chances are there just give it to the team.”

“He (the central referee) denied us a penalty and Lamin Sarr (Wallidan FC defender) should have been shown a straight red card for a rash tackle on Adama Cham”, Sarr said, adding: “He did it deliberately during the first period, and again during the second half.”

“The referee attempted to give him the card, but he realized that he had a yellow card then he cancelled the card”, Sarr went on. “Why should he favour some teams?” he asked.

“The way he officiated the game definitely demoralized the spirit of the game”, he continued. “This is the way I see this referee officiate nawetan games”.

The former Real de Banjul gaffer said “the referee made me sick because of his poor officiating.”

Both teams played well, he further commented, adding that going with a point was better than losing.

They have young players, he said, citing Landing Colley who they scouted from Sohm village during the regional league.

“We saw that he has talents and we can help him develop into a better player”, he further stated, adding that this is the way they can encourage young players.

They want to work with these young players for the next two years, when they will gain experience and possibly give the team what it wants, Sarr went on.

They have not lost their target for the first round, but will go back and work harder after drawing against Wallidan FC, he said, noting that they have a game plan for every game.

His players were nervous during the first period, but their substitutes changed the game, he concluded.