Teams complain about poor refereeing

Football league officials unhappy with bias.


Natasha Raheel October 06, 2012

KARACHI:


Participating teams have registered complaints about the refereeing during the Pakistan Premier Football League.


According to Wapda coach Sharafat Ali, the referees are prone to favouritism and have made various poor decisions.

“PPFL needs better referees,” a team official told The Express Tribune. “Every team has issues with them, not only because of the decisions that go against them but also because they give in to pressure from the spectators. In Balochistan, we're threatened and the referees are told to take decisions in favour of the home teams or else they would be killed.”

Wapda stunned by HBL

Meanwhile, HBL recorded a shock 2-1 win over four-time champions Wapda in Lahore.

The visitors took the lead  with Asif Masroor’s goal only for Imran Niazi to equalise before half-time. Wapda failed to contain HBL as Mohammad Yaqoob sealed victory in the 79th minute of the match.

Wapda stay in third place despite the defeat with 15 points after nine matches, while HBL are in 11th position with nine points after 11 matches. In other matches, NBP defeated PMC Athletico FC 2-1.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 7th, 2012.

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