By Richard Animam
The management of Â Â Â Sunshine Stars Â Â Football Club of Akure has paid a condolence visit to the family of late referee Yad Yabilsu, who died last week in an auto crash on his way back from a Premier League assignment.
The team which was led by the Executive Director, Administration, Mike Idoko, were in Bauchi to participate at the burial ceremony and as well as paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.
While presenting a sum of N100,000 to the family, Idoko lamented the death of referee Yabilsu at a time the league needed his services more.
â€We condole with the family of late referee Yabilsu over the unfortunate and untimely death of their breadwinner at a time the league needs his services most. We also condole with all the referees, particularly the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) and his family. Itâ€™s a pity he died at this time but we should take solace that heâ€™s resting at the bossom of the Lordâ€, he said.
The Executive Director however assured the family and the referees that he would use his position as a board member of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) to lobby for insurance package for Premier League referees.
“The referees, like every other bodies involved in the running of the league, are stakeholders. If the players and teams officials are insured by the NPL, I see no reason why the referees should not enjoy the same benefit.
They travel to match venues like players and the teams officials and in their case, they are prone to attack by volatile fans who always intimidate them to favour their teams.
So, before the end of our tenure, Will try my best to convince other members on the board why the insurance package should be extended to the refereesâ€, Idoko stated.