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Southern Region Referees Committee (SRRC) has said it will take disciplinary action against any referee found guilty of improper conduct during matches.

Speaking to The Daily Times on Wednesday, SRRC General Secretary, Dickson Phiri, said referees ought to be professional so that they are not seen as a precursor to violence or be taken as scapegoats when teams lose.

“Any report of misconduct on the part of the referees will be dealt with accordingly as not doing so will bring our committee into disrepute,” Phiri said.

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He said this following assertions made by some teams in the Master Security Premier Division that most referees are spoiling games due to their unprofessionalism.

According to the Southern Region Football Association (SRFA) Vice- General Secretary, Kingsley Sembeye, match officiation complaints dominated the complaints received from teams.

“The competition has so far been good only that a number of teams had bemoaned the standard of the officiating officials,” Sembeye said.

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While claiming to be unaware of the complaints, Phiri reiterated that action will be taken once culprits are reported to the committee.

He, however, noted that most teams on the losing side have the tendency to point fingers at referees.

Phiri acknowledged that ‘a few’ referees make questionable decisions sometimes and this affects matches.

Referees in the country have come under heavy criticism for making questionable decisions which incite violence.

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