Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sad day for football in Vanuatu

Tafea and Lautoka's clashed yesterday was interrupted when Tafea supporters stormed in the pitch overruling the referee’s authority by stopping the game before the final whistle.
The incident was sparked 87 minutes in the game when an angry fan ran in and tackled FIFA referee, Michael Hester down for flagging his 2nd red card to Tafea’s Geoffrey Gete over a bad tackle.
Retired referee, Mr. Harry Atisson who has been a referee for the last 20 years, and is a member of the Oceania and FIFA referee committee said “In the laws of the game, a player is disciplined according to the nature of the offense. In Tafea’s case, a bad tackle from behind is a direct red card”.
But, it is unclear, what the intention of those who stormed the pitch later on after Michael Hester’s actions, because not only the referee who got hurt, but the Lautoka F.C. players run for their lives too and one player was badly injured.
It is obvious that the supporters who got in the pitch were Tafea F.C. die-hard fans, and either they got in because they were unhappy over the referee’s decisions or because Tafea was losing.
They took the pitch and outnumbered the securities who look helpless in controlling the situation, but with the help of some fans and football officials, they sheltered Michael Hester and his assistants from the worst could happen.
It was unfortunate for Lautoka players and official when they remain unprotected and one player got badly injured and few got punched and kicked by the angry mobs.
Moses Stevens who is the President of Pacific Island News Association and is a well-known football commentator for the last 15 years said “This is a sad day for Vanuatu football. I have never seen a scene like this during my career”.
It is also wrong to see securities that have been posted to protect the match have also got involved in the brawl.
Vanuafoot contacted a representative of the stadium management, Mr. Bong Shem with regards to security, and Bong said they were informed of the securities involvement. "It is shocking to hear about some of the securities actions. We will review their contract and this could be the end of their service here", said Mr. Shem.
Meanwhile, Michael Hester and his assistants and a Lautoka player went for medical treatment and check-up after the incident yesterday afternoon.
The referee’s and VFF report will be submitted to OFC disciplinary committee later on the week for their consideration. It is possible that OFC will levy tough disciplinary sanctions to Vanuatu over the incident.

Photo: Lautoka F.C. team escorted out by Police.

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Anonymous said...

Tru ia Tamarino. Be spos OFC i givem Vanuatu wan mo chance lo O-league, bai mi supportem Amical full wan blo karem flag blo Vanuatu mo shoem gud competitive game. Go Amical Go!

Anonymous said...

Mi falla we mifalla istap sapotem tafea fc blong rep vanuatu imas muv aot noia from ol man we oli mekem samting ia oli empty minded mo oli no appreciatem sapot mo following blong ol non-tafea people.

go Amical go!

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Anonymous said...

Wem ol polis long taem ia, oli stap andanit long ol tree from wanem. Oli no polis nating.

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Admin said...

FIFA law 5. The referee has "full authority to enforce the Laws of the Game in connection with the match to which he has been appointed" (Law 5), and the referee's decisions regarding facts connected with play are final, so far as the result of the game is concerned. source: Wikipedia

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Anonymous said...

Go Amical GO

Anonymous said...

As we soccer fan we should not be suprise of what had happen last saturday....m ia wan olfala fasin blo olgeta finis longtaem e kam. sherperd e out lo PVFL from kind fasin ia nao.... GO AMICAL GO!!!!

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ARO GERALDES said...

Vanuatu football friends:
congratulations for this blog, I add a link to Vanuafoot in International football journalism, to share with world wide readers and visitors.

Greetings from Argentina
Pablo Aro Geraldes
www.arogeraldes.com

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Admin said...

VFF/OFC/FIFA are handling the situation now.

It's good to see security improvements at PVM Stadium last weekend before, during and after the matches.

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Anonymous said...

Stopem ol trabol maker blo oli nomo kam watchem football. oli stap nomo lo house mekem Tanna soup afta drink kava. i no nid blo mekem shem lo ol man Vanuatu. Mekem one tournement blo yufala blo faetem ol sapota afta sorry afta. Sapos no yufala ple rugby from hem ia i stret lo attitude blo ol man USA.

Tarimemea said...

yes, i good blo ol man USA play rugby nomo

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