The National, Thursday, June 9th 2011
LAE Biscuit Company has extended its “no referee, no game” campaign to Madang with the sponsorship of rugby league referees there.
The sponsorship came in the form of 11 sets of uniforms, carrying the campaign slogan, that were presented to the whistleblowers of Madang.
Lae Biscuit’s Madang and Sepik representative, Samuel Koyomu presented the gear to the president of the Madang rugby league referees association, Peter Elavo last week.
Koyomu said Lae Biscuit supported grassroots participation in sports but also expected good conduct from players, officials and supporters in sporting venues.
He said the company considered referees as a very important part of any sport and decided to come up with the “no referee, no game” campaign for rugby league matches as violence against match officials in this sport was endemic.
Koyomu said if people continue to attack and mistreat referees, Papua New Guinea might as well forget the lofty agendas such as the PNG NRL Bid.
“How can PNG develop its players and make them better footballers to play in the NRL when referees who control local matches are mistreated and, as a result, matches are poorly controlled or abandoned?” Koyomu said.
“That is why Lae Biscuit thinks it is better for players, officials and supporters to start respecting referees if PNG is to develop in the game of rugby league,” he added.
Former referee and Madang league president Paul Poka thanked thanked Lae Biscuit and endorsed the ideals of the company as expressed by Koyomu.