Jay-Jay Okocha – Referees Errors Made On Purpose Await Fans In Qatar
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Austine Okocha is of the opinion that referee errors made on purpose await football followers at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Okocha made this known on the backdrop of claims made by the Algeria Football Federation, who requested a replay of the Desert Foxes 2022 World Cup Playoffs return leg against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, citing referees’ errors in officiating.
According to the Algeria FA, Gambia referee, Bakary Gassama made a mistake in ruling out Algeria’s first goal which was supposed to stand.
Algeria’s two goals were canceled by the Gambia Referee in the return fixture which took place in Blida, Algeria.
However, in a chat with L-Frii, the former PSG star stated that there will be mistakes at the World Cup in Qatar too, while rhetorically questioning where such complaints will be addressed to.
According to Okocha, a coach has no right to talk about the mistakes of a referee, adding that there exists a structure capable of seeing better than viewers, and analysts, and can sanction erring referees.
He said, “The VAR has challenged the referee, which means that there is a fault. What are we talking about here? Where is the referee’s error?”
Okocha, who was a member of the Super Eagles squad that won the 1994 AFCON title stated further, “We all watched that same game. We saw the offsides, the heads accompanied by the hands. Maradona called it the hand of God. Nowadays, the VAR is the laser that sanctions.”
He opined that even if a symposium and debate on all the things that undermine African football are organized, it shouldn’t be at the dawn of the competitions!
He concluded thus, “The real mistakes made on purpose await you at the World Cup in Qatar; where will you file your complaints?”