Asian Games bring back banned handball referees
24.11.2010By Play the Game
Asian handball has for many years seen manipulation through refereeing. One of the worst examples was the events in the qualifying tournaments for the 2008 Olympic Games, especially the infamous men’s game Korea-Kuwait, which resulted in a CAS prosecution and a permanent ban by the IHF of the Jordanian referees from the match from all international and continental competitions.
During the on-going Asian Games in Guangzhou, which is not monitored by the IHF as no IHF qualifications take place, the Asians have taken the opportunity to nominate one of these Jordanian referees for the Asian Games. With his partner, he refereed a key game between China and Saudi Arabia last week.
Christer Ahl, former President of the IHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission and Team Handball News writer, argues that this demonstrates an attitude of total disregard for IHF decisions, for the worldwide opinion and image, and for any sense of decency. One can only hope that matters do not go further downhill from here on, during the Asian Games and in future events.
SOURCE: Team Handball News