Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 17
Indian referees have proven a yellow card to the plan of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to name for a health take a look at that ignores Covid-19 protocols. Twenty-two Indian referees are to seem for a health take a look at in Chennai on October 10. The cleared candidates will probably be nominated for the FIFA panel for 2021. However, the round issued by the AIFF Referees Committee doesn’t point out the 15-day necessary quarantine enforced by the Tamil Nadu authorities.
Worse, the referees attending the health take a look at clinic have to offer a signed endeavor absolving AIFF of any duty ought to they contract the virus, both throughout journey or in Chennai.
The referees must signal an endeavor which states: “…I also understand and acknowledge that participation in fitness and related activities including travel, accommodation, interaction with various persons etc. may result in possible exposure to and infection from Covid-19 virus… I undertake and assure that if despite the efforts of AIFF, it is found that I have still been exposed to or contracted the virus or suffered any other related to the same, I shall not hold AIFF responsible…”
In addition, the AIFF will solely foot the boarding and lodging bills for 3 days solely – these wishing to return early and keep late must bear the additional prices.
However, regardless of their reservations and worries, 18 of the 22 referees have agreed to seem for the health take a look at.
“If the referees don’t send their consent and appear for the fitness test, they will not get to officiate in the matches and will lose their only source of income,” stated a supply within the know of the event.
In truth, some have pointed to the truth that AIFF didn’t want to carry the health take a look at for the FIFA panel because the governing physique’s Referee Committee had given the choice of repeating final yr’s panel.
However, AIFF disregarded the issues, saying the endeavor was solely a precautionary step and all of the referees will probably be taken care of.
“The undertaking doesn’t mean we will shun anyone who gets the virus. We will attend to their needs,” stated an AIFF supply.
“But we should be mindful of the fact that the last date for nomination on the FIFA panel is October 30 and we had no option but to hold this fitness test,” he added.