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Mathieu Raiwisque, referee : “I have a little concern for my safety “

Mathieu Raiwisque, referee : “I have a little concern for my safety “

Mathieu, that happened during the game on march 4 ? It was a game at stake between two teams U17 rivals for the climb. Therefore, there was a little tension. In the locker room, I warned the captains to keep their team. All went well until the moment when Custines took the advantage in the second half. It has started to talk a lot on the field.

what triggered the incident ?

ten minutes from the end, the guardian of Laneuveville out very far from its surface and stops a shot from a player of Custines with the hands. I whistles for free-kick and I excluded the keeper. This is where I found myself surrounded by players.

The fault and exclusion were, however, indisputable…

to me, They have been criticized for being to Custines because I referee for the club Heillecourt which does not agree too well with one of Laneuveville. One of the players said : “I know who you are, I know where you dwell, I will find you and I’ll bleed “. In these cases (when there are death threats), the regulation is clear : it is necessary to exclude the player and stop the game.

What happened then ?

The return from the changing rooms has been complicated. A second player threatened me. Educators and parents were excited. It cried a lot. I still have heard things, but I turned a deaf ear. Between the time that I whistled the foul, and my return to the dressing room, he takes three minutes. It goes fast but it is long… Luckily, I was supported by one of the assistants, volunteers and a referee who watched the game. All alone, I don’t know how it would have happened.

Have you been afraid ?

I have a little concern for my safety. But I have not been afraid. The players know what they risk if they touch an umpire.

” A game arrested with three exclusions, it is a lot of paperwork, “

What have you done to your back in the locker room ?

I immediately wrote in a notebook everything that just happened, not to mention for my report that I have done with me in the evening, head rested. A game stopped and three exclusions that should be motivating is a lot of paperwork. Fortunately, the two people who were with me helped me. I called the president of the CDA (Lamri Boulala) as we are asked to do in this situation. I’ve also had the phone Liked Brand and Gauthier L├ęgerie (president and legal counsel of the UNAF). It took me a long time. In a sense, it is as well. When I came out, there was no longer a person.

Is this the first time you’re faced with an incident of this magnitude ?

Yes. I never had problem like that. I’m not going to forget it. It was my first game in 2017 because the previous meetings for which I had been appointed had been postponed. What a recovery ! In addition, it happened three days before my birthday.

” This is not in my mentality to stop, “

Since the beginning of the season, feel that the situation deteriorates ?

No. Everything went well. Listening to what was being said around me and looking at the social networks, I realized that there was more verbal and physical aggression. But I had never been concerned. I wasn’t thinking about it.

In three years, you have never faced complicated situations ?

there have been a few situations hot as a result of the exclusions. In fact, it often depends on the clubs and places where you referee. Sometimes as educators.

You have decided to file a complaint. Why ?

I wanted to do it. In talking with referees, it has convinced me. This allows you to be reassured in relation to the threats.

This incident did-it prompted him to stop the arbitration ?

Not at all. We know that it can happen. I’ve managed well. This I was not traumatized and this is not in my mentality to stop. I like to mediate. It is a pleasure. A game should be fun for everyone, players, educators, and the referee. When it goes wrong, this is a fun one for anyone. In addition, it makes a bunch of paperwork to fill out.

Two weeks after the fact, your desire to arbitrate is therefore intact ?

Yes. I like it. I’m not doing this for the money. I don’t care allowances. I do not referee for the fun of it. I wouldn’t change state of mind. I’m going to the game, bearing in mind the protection of the players and the supporters. I never avantagerai a team. I have two principles : be fair and right in his boots !

Collected by P.-H. W.

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