National President of Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) Ahmed Maude, on Monday called on the League Management Committee (LMC) to review the remuneration of referees ahead of the 2013/2014 Glo Premier League season.
The union Boss, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said improved incentives would create an atmosphere for the referees to officiate matches fairly,adding that officiating was part of the criteria required to certify the credibility of the league.
“We cannot over-emphasize the fact that match officials have a primary role in the development of the nation’s league. A good league is judged by the credibility of its officiating; the LMC, therefore, needs to improve on the remuneration of our officials and we are appealing to the committee to look into this before the league kicks off in February.
“Referees are an integral part of football, but are often overlooked. We are booed a lot by fans when their anticipations are not met. We are also unfairly accused and molested at some match venues. Our remuneration should, therefore, be enough to compensate for all the challenges that referees go through,’’ he added.