The Swiss, Manuel Navarro, Chairman of the Referees Committee of the Saudi Football Association, revealed that the referees’ smile at Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is normal, adding that it is in their nature as human beings to act spontaneously.
And the Swiss declared in an interview with “In the Goal”: It is not correct to change the authority that appoints referees in the Saudi League, and we choose them based on performance, which is the most important criterion and physical fitness, in addition to their history and recent matches.
Navarro added: We have an external agency concerned with taking care of the referee since his arrival at the airport and throughout his stay in Saudi Arabia and has nothing to do with football. It is a travel agency that organizes travel, transportation, transportation and hotel reservations for foreign referees.
In response to the controversy of Mexican referee Cesar Ramos, Navarro said: Through my international experience, some international referees are invited if they have friends, but they cannot sit with representatives of the clubs that will face or even communicate with them, and his presence in a dinner session before the Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr derby match is normal. .
Navarro added: The Saudi referee is improving and we are developing it, and the difficulties are present in every match. Regarding the review of the round footage, the referees welcome the briefing that shows the most prominent shots of the round that we are doing after a number of rounds.
The head of the Referees Committee explained that the penalties apply to the wrongdoers: the referee is punished when he makes a mistake, and we talk to him, and some of them include the continuous suspension of several matches, and of course he will not get money if he does not referee.
Navarro confirmed that “Al-Ittihad’s penalty kick in front of Al-Fateh is counted in some tournaments, such as Uruguay, but not in Saudi Arabia. This type of contact is not counted as a mistake here, and it is an incorrect penalty kick, and the Abha players’ shot in the Al-Nasr match does not deserve a penalty kick.”
He added that the mistakes of foreign referees are dealt with by communicating with “the heads of sports federations when foreign referees make mistakes in the Saudi League, but stopping them is not up to us.”
Navarro concluded that showing the feelings of the referees is normal, saying: The referees’ smile at the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo is natural.