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I had no problem with the players says Bradby referee Cader


The ugly incident which nearly had the first leg of the 68th Bradby Shield rugby game between Royal and Trinity at the Royal Complex called off last week after a spectator invasion has cast a pall of gloom on the game itself.According to referee Irshad Cader who handled the game where Royal conceded a 23 point margin, the players, both Royal and Trinity, behaved exceedingly well.

Irshad Cader officiating the first leg of the Royal-Trinity rugby game at the Royal Complex last Saturday which Trinity won 34-11.

Describing the incident that sparked off crowd invasion, Cader, an ex Kingswoodian and Air Force ruggerite said that it was an assistant referee (touch judge) who pointed out a serious infringement to him. He said that a Royal player was hit on the head by a Trinity player which made me show him the ‘yellow card’ and send him off the field. The Trinity player involved accepted his fault. It was then that water bottles were thrown on the ground. A section of the crowd invaded the playing area and there were many ugly incidents.”

He said the Trinity Principal (Brig, Udaya Ariyaratne) also came on to the field and asked me to be fair and said “hariyata blow karanna one” (to be fair and officiate properly). There were many ugly incidents – they should know how to behave at a match,” he added.
Referee Cader is an Asian Rugby Panel referee having officiated in the Asian Five Nations and also blown at the Dubai Sevens. “It was a great honour bestowed on me to officiate at the Bradby,” he said.

According to Cader he has submitted the Referees Report to the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union Referees Society but refused to comment on it.

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