A biased ref is like a crooked cop
Corruption seems to permeate all aspects of life these days, or is it just more obvious?
The alleged, and it is only an allegation at this stage, fixing of matches involving South Africa before the 2010 World Cup highlights again the enormous pressures being brought to bear on individuals and organisations to achieve.
It is alleged that games were fixed by corrupt match officials in four games involving South Africa. The investigation, which was headed by the former chief of Fifa's security organisation Chris Eaton highlights the darker side of the game today.
Is this an inevitability given the amount of money involved?
Is it something that can be eradicated?
What measures can be taken to put an end to this practice?
There are many more questions to be asked and perhaps even fewer answers.
It’s important to start at grass roots level and work up.
It’s vital that the children playing the game today are taught and instructed by individuals who are above reproach. It’s essential that our kids are pointed in the right direction where the overriding principle of fair play coupled with competition is a first priority.
Sadly, this doesn’t appear to be the case.
Shamefully there are people who will go to whatever lengths to achieve that all important result regardless of how they get there.
The winning mentality is alive and well and living in our sport and it’s not confined to soccer.
The worst part of all is that referees are involved. Yes, the very ones who are supposed to arbitrate fairly and without bias to any one team or individual appear to be right in the thick of it.
We, the referees, are the guardians of the game.
We, the referees, are the one’s to whom supporters look to for a fair crack of the whip. Yet we, the referees, are sometimes complicit is this dirty game of cheating and lying to gain an few extra dollars.
The corrupt practices need to be rooted out and the perpetrators brought before the courts and given lengthy prison sentences.
It might be old style. It might be draconian, but it needs to be done.
For all of the above to be successful, there has to be a will on the part of the various components of the beautiful game and a willingness to deal harshly with the wrong doers.
Honesty is, and always will be the best policy. There is no substitute for it (excuse the pun). The truth will always come out and thank goodness for that.
If you sell your honesty, you sell your soul, and if you sell your soul you have nothing left.
The most important things in life for a human being are his/her honesty, his/her integrity and his/her good name. These are things that will live on long after we are gone from this earth and what we will be remembered by.
Dr. Errol Sweeney