HNS Sacks Entire Croatian Football Referees’ Committee?

Daniela Rogulj

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The Referees’ Committee of the Croatian Football Federation is being abolished, and a new one will be formed, which is the epilogue of yesterday’s HNS meeting, according to numerous Croatian media, including Sportske Novosti, and HRT

The Referees’ Committee, consisting of Ante Kulušić (president), Domagoj Vučkov (member and head of VAR education), Draženko Kovačić, Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović Jr., Vlado Svilokos and Igor Pristovnik thus ceases to exist, and a new Committee will be formed later.

Namely, five regional centers, Split, Rijeka, Varazdin, Zagreb, and Osijek will nominate candidates for the new Committee, and the Executive Board will appoint the new Committee probably in March. That is the plan at the moment.

The meeting was convened by the executive director of the HNS, Marijan Kustić, and the decision to dissolve the Committee was accepted by all present, except Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović, the first vice president of HNS, who demonstratively left the meeting, Sportske Novosti writes. The executive board members must also state officially by 3 pm today whether they are in favor of dissolving the Committee, but it seems that this is just a formality.

“There’s not much to say that you don’t already know. The executive board has to confirm the decision by 3 pm, but there won’t be any problems from that side. It’s just proof that a lot is changing in the Federation and that we really want to have healthy football. This is just the beginning of the necessary changes,” a source from HNS told Index.

Ivan Novak will continue to delegate referees for First League matches, and from now on he will also appoint VAR referees, which was done by Ante Kulušić as the head of the Committee. It will be up to Kulušić to send controllers to the matches until further notice.

Thus, for the second time in four years, the President of Rijeka, Damir Mišković, managed to overthrow the Referees’ Committee. After the Rijeka-Šibenik match at Rujevica, which ended in a 2:2 draw thanks to a VAR debacle in the final minutes, Mišković called out the refereeing organization, attacking the VAR referee Goran Gabril from Split. The president of Rijeka announced changes, and it seems that he succeeded.

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