United cry foul after loss
STEPHEN Hill watched his team crash out of the race to win the Fraser Coast League men's first division soccer premiership last Saturday night.
Doon Villa ended United Warriors' season with a 3-2 win after extra time in the elimination final at Maryborough's Federation Park to book a grand final showdown with defending and minor premiers, Sunbury, this Saturday.
However, the grand finale for the season may still feature United Warriors if Hill has his say.
Hill, the president of United Warriors, wants the clash with Doon Villa to be replayed and he's going to be doing his best to see that happens.
He's gone on the attack after realising that two of the officials involved in the game are related to one of the Doon Villa players.
The referee was the brother of the player while their father was one of the linesmen.
Hill said he had been astonished to discover that was the case.
“I, as do the majority of people I have spoken to, believe that this is both ethically and morally wrong,” he said.
“In the interest of the game, I believe this creates ill feeling amongst players, supporters and referees, as the result is not a fair game.
“I believe this game should be replayed, as relatives refereeing relative's teams during the final series has bought the game into disrepute.
“I am not going to lie down and die over this – I won't back down.
“I will take this all the way to the top if I have to.”
Barry Such, the director of Referees for Queensland, said he had no problem with relatives refereeing games featuring relatives.
“It's a fact of life in country games not only in Queensland, but throughout Australia,” Such said.
“There are just not enough referees going around and that means there is always going to be an official somewhere with a tie to someone or other.
“The grand finals are being played in Rockhampton this weekend and they will feature officials who have strong ties to the clubs involved – it happens.
“Besides, the three officials involved in the Maryborough elimination game were the best available and they were picked on form.
“Mr Hill can take his complaint as far as he wants, but I doubt he'll see the game replayed.”