The Ashanti Regional branch of the Referees Association of Ghana has taken their threat of boycotting the inter schools and colleges soccer competition to another level following a directive issued by their Regional Chairman Referee Francis Osei Nsia to all members to stay off from the competition.
The Regional leadership of the referees have been putting enormous pressure on their members who are teachers to avoid dealing with the Federation directly but route it through RAG to give them some bargaining advantage over the years.
A letter signed by the Chairman and sighted by yours truly Raph-Sark, RAG called on on all referees to boycott the games until the Federation sits down with them for negotiations. The leadership of the referees have been complaining over the years about the neglect of the mother body that train these referees in the usage of the referees who are in the Education service for their events. The Ghana Education Service and the Schools and Colleges Federation has been engaging Match Officials who are employees of the G. E. S. over the years without direct engagement with the RAG. This has incensed the leadership of referees association who are demanding a compensation for the use of the services of these referees who according to them receives training and support from RAG and not GES.
The inter schools soccer is expected to kick kick off in on Thursday 29th November at the Baba Yara Stadium but now hangs in the balance following this threat from the leadership of the referees.
But the Schools and colleges Federation are confident of resolving all outstanding issues for a successful competition.
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