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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Club Championship final between Makuru and Koloale ends in dispute

The Our Telekom National Club Championship grand final between Makuru and Koloale ended in dispute last night after a nail biting penalty shoot-out.

Referee Andrew Moli's controversial decision on one of the penalty shots sparked the argument.

Neither of the teams scored in the 90 minutes or the extra 30 minutes. Koloale's Jeffery Bule's penalty shot was the subject of controversy. His shot hit the inner post before rebounding. While the kicker and those standing by saw the ball went in, referee Moli ruled otherwise. But later, he changed his decision and declared that a goal to Koloale. This angered Makuru players who argued the referee had already made his ruling and that should be final. The penalty shoot out ended with Koloale scoring 5 to Makuru's 4.

Police and match officials had to intervene to calm the tense situation. Because of the dispute, there was no presentation of prizes yesterday. Instead the issue will be brought before the SIFF disciplinary committee today to decide on the winner.

The winner should receive $20,000 and the right to represent the country in the regional O'League.

Source: Solomon Star

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