Beleaguered Fifa referee Reginald Lathbridge has apologised to Bechem United and Elmina Sharks, as well as football lovers, following his error which delayed the start of the 2017-18 Ghana Premier League season.
The 41-year-old was found guilty by Ghana FA’s disciplinary committee on Tuesday after he mistakenly transferred a caution meant for Sharks striker Felix Addo to Bechem midfielder Joseph Amoah in his match report, leading to a legal battle since Great Olympics almost capitalised on it to win a protest.
Although, Ghana FA didn’t budge to Olympics’ protest, the latter placed two separate injunctions on the start of the new season. A ruling in their favour would’ve saved them from relegation.
“I apologise to the clubs that almost suffered relegation because of my errors. I have been very honest in this brouhaha and I’m happy with that,” Lathbridge told Angel FM.
“Let us always be honest in our dealings in this world. To err is human, I made a mistake and after I realised that it was creating problems in the football cycles, I corrected it and have asked for forgiveness from God,” he said.
According to sources, the referee initially planned to appeal the ruling, but he has been advised by his family to let it slide, since he had only four years left to proceed on retirement.