A call has gone out to media practitioners and professionals to be thorough in the dissemination of information.
” The public swears by us, they believe us and we should be careful how we handle the trust” this was the view of Veteran journalist Paul Bassey while reacting to the news that a referee that handled Nigeria’s match in the current Nations Cup has been sent packing from the competition.
Two days after the news broke, Paul Bassey in an interview with a local television station said there was no truth whatsoever in the story.
” I am here in South Africa, Linus Mba is here, there is a Nigerian Peter Edibe in the referees camp, the Chairman of CAF referees Committee Mr Tarek Bouchamaoui is accessible. There was no hurry rushing such a sensitive issue to the media without cross checking,” he said.
The CAF General Coordinator in charge of Durban Centre said normally referees are disengaged after the first round of matches, but it will interest you to note that Ghead Grisha of Egypt is still around and will be the fourth official when Ghana host Cape Verde in Mbombela Bay .
It will be recalled that the Nigerian media was agog with news that Grisha had been sent packing when he awarded a controversial penalty against Nigeria during her match against Zambia.