MDFA referees’ performance under scrutiny after blunder costs St. Paul’s the game against Miners FC

Miners FC recorded a narrow 1-0 win over St. Paul’s FC under highly controversial fashion in a 1st Division tie of the Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) on Sunday. The ill-tempered clash saw two red cards and a controversial winner, creating an outrage from the St. Paul’s team officials post the game against 2nd assistant referee Roman Luis.

The game was extremely tight and looked like heading for a draw until Karan Bhujbal struck the winning goal in the 56th minute after both teams were reduced to ten men with Binoy Nambiar seeing a straight red for elbowing a St. Paul’s player, while Benny Monteiro received his marching orders after two bookable offences.

But a major controversial decision by referee Roman Luis, created a stir after the game as he flagged St. Paul’s Marshal Francis off after he pounced on a back pass from a Miners player to score. According to the conditions mentioned under Law No. 11, which explains the offside rule, a player isn’t offside if he receives a pass from the opponent player despite being in an offside position.

But referee Roman Luis’ error didn’t go down too well with St. Paul’s Head Coach Don Lawson, who has issued a written complaint against referee Roman Luis. Lawson who himself is an extremely senior and experienced referee, criticized referee Roman Luis in a statement given to MDFA. “Mr. Roman Luis is very poor with the law of the game. His error caused my team to drop three points. Such refereeing isn’t acceptable at this level”.

It remains to be seen as to what action does MDFA take against referee Roman Luis, but the overall refereeing standards of the newly formed MDFA committee referees lack consistency and the association should offer better training facilities and must help young referees like Roman Luis ease into his job.

After such high profile mistakes, the pressure is high on young referees to perform and the association must take steps to protect their referees much better. It is in interest of everyone that MDFA take up the matter seriously before both young players and referees lose their faith in the competition and eventually the game. MDFA needs to be more responsible in order to handle such a delicate matter.

Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…


Millat FC to hold trials for MFA Elite Premier League

Millat FC – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season Millat had a decent run in…


MFA Elite Division club KSA to conduct trials for the upcoming season

Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season KSA had an amazing…


Young Guns Football Acadmey to conduct trials for their upcoming MFA 3rd Division Campaign

MFA 3rd Division club Young Guns Football Academy will be conducting open trials on October 9th for their upcoming season in Mumbai Football Young Guns Football Academy was founded in…


OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…