The Nigeria Referees Association, NRA have issued a code of conduct to its members involved in the officiating of the Nigeria National League, NNL which commenced on Wednesday in all the centers across the country.
The Code of Conduct was released to councils to arm referees on the dos and don’t expected of them before, during and after the match while urging the referees to be fair and firm in the course of discharging their duties.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kelechi Mejuob, the President of the Association, Otunba Tade Azeez admonished appointed match officials for the first week of the season to be of good conduct and justify reasons why they were found worthy to be on the appointed list for the opening games.
Speaking on the expected conduct of referees for the season, Otunba Tade Azeez asked the NNL referees to emulate those of the premier league cadre who have so far raised the bar in the outgoing season.
He warned that no form of misconduct and mediocrity shall be tolerated as instant sanction awaits those found wanting in any unbecoming act not in tandem with expected engagement rules.
He however pleaded with other stakeholders and supporters to provide the needed conducive environment for good officiating to thrive.
The Referees’ president warned that similar to what is applicable in the NPFL, the NRA won’t step into venues where NRA members are attacked this season, adding that the association will adopt zero tolerance to issues related to insecurity.
Otunba Tade Azeez wishes all referees and participating teams best of luck for the season.