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Referees don’t apologize – Bakary Gassama denies apologizing to Musa

Foremost African Referee Bakary Gassama has denied reports claiming he apologized for obvious error calls he made during the Eagles vs South Africa encounter.

Speaking to Brila FM in a telephone interview, the 39-year-old FIFA referee denied talking or apologizing to anyone as it’s been reported in the Nigerian dailies.

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Referees don’t apologize – Bakary Gassama denies apologizing to Musa


’Referees don’t talk to Journalists, Gassama replied Bekederemo who was asking the Gambian Referee to clear the air on the allegations.

The African Most revered Referee further stressed that it’s in the FIFA rules not to apologize or talk after any game.

Gassama was the center referee when the South African Bafana hosted the Super Eagles in an all important AFCON qualifier in Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles held their host to a 1-1 draw that qualified them for the 2019 AFCON to be staged in Cameroon.

80 Comments

  1. I see noting bad in apologizing but since he is a referee they might have some rules and regulations that he might be following.

  2. I see noting bad in apologizing but since he is a referee they might have some rules and regulations that he might be following.

  3. that is a wrong and shambolic act, if that is the case…VAR should be integrated into the system permanently.

  4. Even though it is in the fifa rules not to apologise to players after any match, despite that you can still apologise to him privately, there is nothing wrong in apologising

  5. Even though it is in the fifa rules not to apologise to players after any match, despite that you can still apologise to him privately, it’s good

  6. If there is any rule in FIFA not to apologize it therefore means that all FIFA officials doesn’t make mistakes. but if they do, then there should be a room for apology

  7. that is a wrong and shambolic act, if that is the case…VAR should be integrated into the system permanently.

  8. Interesting development, but i think he is just proud fellow so if you make a mistake as referee you will not apologise? that is wrong wrong wrong.

  9. Who’s lying then? But that shows he ain’t remorseful. Even though it is in the fifa rules not to apologise to players after any match, despite that you can still apologise to him privately, it’s good. All these public noises and making a mountain from a mole is nothing

  10. And which law state that referees can’t apologise Mr man swallow your ego because you did wrong during our match

  11. African people ooh. Be humble and you will be exulted. I didn’t see anything wrong. You apologising.

  12. Absolutely interesting , but i think he is just proud fellow so if you make a mistake as referee you will not apologise? I think this is really happen,there is any rule in FIFA not to apologize it therefore means that all FIFA officials doesn’t make mistakes. but if they do, life goes on

  13. There might be rules and regulations that binds with their work.buh there’s nothing in apologizing to him

  14. He doesn’t even feel any sense of remorse even after doing what he did,he still find it so difficult to apologize, please does that reduce him or what I don’t understand

  15. Whether he apologizes or not, bottom line is dat we v qualified for nations cup…he shld kip d apology to himself

  16. If it’s in their rule not to apologize or talk to anyone after a match, that means he is right. Moreover, if he apologizes, it is only to make peace. There is no big deal.

  17. Rendering apology is not a bad thing. Not because of some football rules you feel you can override on someone’s simplicity. People overdo when they are given a little opportunity . Game na game you don’t need to offend anyone after all you guys are all working under the same organisational government

  18. Why did they now publish that he apologized, when he did not . Even though there is nothing wrong with apologizing when you’re wrong. Since he said he didn’t apologize , then that’s it

  19. I don’t see anything evil in apology,, unless your to pompous, or is against the rules of football,, because your taking it to serious

  20. I see noting bad in apologizing but since he is a referee they might have some rules and regulations that he might be following.

  21. It’s not a crime for you to apologize,
    Or were you dreaming when you were apologizing, you saying you didn’t render apology to anyone doesn’t really make sense,

  22. I see nothing wrong in apologizing but as a referee maybe they have a rule or so that’s why he didn’t apologize but should have done so later

  23. If a referee is wrong he has to admit that and apologized, not him saying that they are not meant to speak with journalist, there fore they can’t apologies

  24. What’s the big thing in apologizing to someone you offended noting it’s just to say the word I’m sorry that’s all actually referee might have his own reasons for saying such.

  25. There’s nothing wrong with you apologizing to someone you offended. Saying that referees don’t apologize sounds funny, what is the meaning of that??? Who are referees?? Are they God!!! Mr referee learn how to apologize when you are wrong.

  26. You guys should be one and team up together,if one offends the other apologize nothing is ring there,take pride away

  27. There is no apology in referee dictionary, too bad of you, who is now lying, keep your apology self after you have did your worst.

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