Referees in the media (week 2)

‘Referees in the media’ will be published at the beginning of the week on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.

“I know it’s not easy to clinch another final match gig because there are so many good referees in Asia now. But I’m sure it’s the dream of everyone who will soon hang his whistle and I’m one of them.”

Abdul Malik Bashir. Source: AFC

Singaporean referee Abdul Malik Abdul Bashir who will turn 44 on Wednesday has two more years to achieve his goal.

“There has been a personal discussion with the referee. He admitted everything, apologized, and said it does not happen again.”

Says former Bundesliga referee Frank Fleske, now regional director, about a local referee who has been suspended because of anti-semitical posts on his Facebook account.

“That player is cheating at that moment, but I belong to the 22 best referees in Europe. I have to be prepared with my assistants for these kind of situations. The aftermath of that game was huge.”

Referee Kevin Blom is reviewing the past year and talks about the incident in the match between Scotland and Czech Republic. In the last minute he awarded a penalty kick to the Czechs, from which they scored the 2:2.