Saudi Arabia suspended for poor refereeing in 3SC vs Rangers match — Sports — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

Saudi Arabia suspended for poor refereeing in 3SC vs Rangers match — Sports — Headline News – Nigeria and World News

Sokoto referee, Bashir Saudi, has been suspended from refereeing in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) by the NPFL Referees Committee.

Mr Saud's suspension was confirmed in a letter sent to him on Thursday.

This follows a controversial decision by the referee not to award a penalty in the matchday 35 match between Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers at the Lekan Salami Stadium on Wednesday. Shooting Stars won the match 1-0.

“A lack of judgement and ability to discern and put into clear perspective the elements and considerations of a challenge for the ball during the 354th match between Shooting Stars and Rangers International played in Ibadan on 12th June 2024 led to the disregard of a clear penalty situation,” the NFF's refereeing committee said in a statement.

“As your actions have had a detrimental effect on the outcome of the match, I hereby inform you that you are stepping down with immediate effect, for an indefinite period of time.”

Rangers faced the Shooting Stars just four days after their home match against Enyimba ended in controversial circumstances.

After Rangers were awarded a penalty for a foul late in the game, Enyimba players protested and fans invaded the pitch, causing the match to be abandoned.

Following the incident, Rangers were awarded three points and three goals, while Enyimba was fined 10 million naira.

Despite the loss to Shooting Stars, Rangers still sit top of the table with 64 points, just two behind second-placed Remo Stars with two league games remaining.

Third place went to Enyimba with 60 points, and fourth place went to Shooting Stars with 59 points.


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