The Referees Association of Ghana (RAG) have suspended their services from all football activities in the country effective Tuesday, May 7 until arrears owed them have been paid.
In a letter signed by Deputy General Secretary of the Association, Kwao Sampson, the referees said they were compelled to take the decision due to the difficulty in travelling across the country to the various match venues because of unpaid allowances.
Officiating fees have not been paid to the referees since the start of the Normalisation Committee's Special Cup competition in March. According to reports the referees are owed GH₵300,000.
Each referee is entitled to GH₵850 per match and after nine matches played so far, the referees have not received their allowances. The Women’s Special Competition ended three weeks ago but the women referees have also not been paid, according to the statement.
Below is the full statement.
SUSPENSION OF MATCH OFFICIATING BY REFEREES
We write to inform you that the Referees Association of Ghana after carefully deliberating on your failure to redeem your promise of paying all outstanding officiating fees owed our members before close of April 2019, we decided to call on all our members to suspend handling all football match officiating at all levels and at all league centers from tomorrow, 7th May 2019.
RAG is compelled to take this tough decision because several letters were written drawing your attention to the unpaid officiating allowances and other things which were consistently not attended to. All RAG members owed are finding it difficult to travel to match venues due to the unpaid allowances.
Apart from this, RAG National Executives also placed several calls to various Executive Members of the Normalization Committee without any favorable feedback.
As a result of the above, members of Referees Association of Ghana have the firm instruction to SUSPEND all activities relating to match officiating from tomorrow until all issues relating to outstanding unpaid officiating fees and other Referee challenges are immediately resolved.
By a copy of this notice, all Referees Association of Ghana, Regional Chairmen are to immediately notify all Referees within their Regions about this suspension immediately until otherwise advised by the RAG, National Secretariat.
Deputy General Secretary