Refereeing in soccer will always generate dissatisfaction in the teams, especially in leaders and fans, regardless of the result. The referee will always be a potential subject of criticism, either for making a mistake when sanctioning an X move (beware: he reviews it in hundredths of seconds) or for omitting it.
It is a more subjective reaction, which has also been built through history because the leaders (in Ecuador and in the world) put people related to their interests on these commissions. That mechanism endured and still exists. And it became a catchphrase, in which leaders speak it “behind the scenes”; disclose information that such club or such leader has benefited, or that they have certain interference in the Refereeing Commission.
But what have they done for this activity? In Ecuador, very little; almost nothing. It remains to take that giant step of the professionalization of arbitration, where the clubs have not been willing to invest, but they have criticized. It is enough to see that the referees still continue with parallel professions, something more than valid, because football does not represent an economic support for them.
Hopefully, starting in January of next year, when the Refereeing Committee of the Ecuadorian Football Federation will be directed exclusively by former referees, by disposition of FIFA, is, at least, the beginning of that autonomy that is required, in the one that there is no interference of club leaders. Will it be achieved in Ecuador?
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