Cases have been on the rise of fans and even players taking action into their own hands when referees' calls don't go their way, warning teams whose players are found culpable that strong punitive action will be taken against them.
“When a magistrate or a judge rules against you, do you go with your family to beat that judge or magistrate?”Kasuve posed, adding that, “We (sub-committee) are adjudicators, we are judges, so for us touching a match official is a no-go-zone, anybody who does it will be dealt with in a very serious way,” warned Kasuve.
Kasuve said the incidents had frightened some referees of the national leagues to the point that they are afraid of officiating in some stadiums in the country.
“We have received various reports where referees have been touched and now it has gotten to a level where the referees have been touched or harmed which has led to some of them saying they cannot go back to officiate in such stadiums, we have two stadiums,” he explained. “There are other ways of handling issues which have got nothing to do with poor officiating but also we need to bear in mind referees are not robots, they are human beings and error is to human, we must be very careful because the rules are clear that you cannot touch a referee.”
His sentiments come in the wake of heightened complaints from players and coaches over the quality of officiating.
He at the same time said that referees who have not been paid their dues will receive their cash this week.
Kasuve is part of the 15-member committee appointed by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed in November last year to manage football in the country after the disbandment of the federation.
He at one time served as the vice-chairman of the defunct Football Kenya Limited.
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