The leadership of the Nigeria Football Referees Association (NFRA) has taken a swipe at the Minister of the Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi for accusing the referees of being corrupt.
Speaking through its Deputy National President Tade Azzez in Abuja, the association said the statement credited to the Minister who doubles as the Chairman of the National Sports Commission was in bad faith and may have incited the recent battering of referees in various league matches
“The Minister should know that he does not have a monopoly of knowledge. He is only a Minister of Sports and not that of football. The Minister should also be bold enough to figure out a referee that has been caught in any act that is inimical to the game in the country”
“We as an association takes exception to the Minister’s statement, and would want any Nigerian that have proofs to indict the referees in the country to come out and make public such accusation”.
He maintained that Nigerian referees remain one of the best in the continent, with high level of integrity.