June 12, 2009

African ref accepts beating with job

What a great short story in The Guardian the other day.

The writer introduces us to referee Aziz Okware of Uganda, a frequent victim of violence due to his profession.

Here's his candid response:
"Above all you have to accept being beaten up," he replies. "I have been beaten several times in matches. It starts when a player protests against a decision – he will usually only shout at you but some of the fans will get violent. High school games are the worst because if they think you've got something wrong they can throw stones at you."
His love of the game puts him at peace with the abuse (can any other sport say that?).

He hopes to ref at the highest level, but can't afford the registration fee. Well god bless him in that pursuit because he's certainly sacrificed enough already.

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