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A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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Photo:  Gabriel Markaj in the technical area on Saturday [PlessPix]

Gabriel Markaj, senior coach of Kingborough Lions United, has issued a letter apologising for his remarks about the referee at a post-match media conference at Lightwood Park on Saturday.

Kingborough lost the PS4 NPL Tasmania match 5-0 to South Hobart and also had new signing Majok Piok sent off.

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Photo:  Markaj did not take kindly to the referee sending off new signing Majok Piok.  Ironically, Markaj vented his fury at the media conference after the match at referee Charles White, who was a star of Kingborough in his playing days. [PlessPix]

Markaj’s letter is reproduced here in its entirety and is unedited.

“I am not sure how to describe my feelings and how to start this latter [sic] but one thing that I am sure is that. I am writing to express my sincerest apologies for my insensitive actions, behavior and words in the post match interview against South Hobart F.C. I very quickly realized that I was very wrong to accuse and blame, a referee after a loss, which had nothing to do with it but only to do with myself and my coaching aspects.

I realize that my behavior was totally inappropriate, inexcusable and disrespectful not only to the referee but to all the people involved in the football community in Tasmania. I can only imagine the distress, embarrassment and awkwardness I have caused to the officials of the game, federation, Kingborough Lions United F.C., spectators and lastly to all the kids that watched the interview.

I am a shamed and I, too, was personally shocked and offended by MY OWN actions, which were a direct contravention of the values of dignity and good sportsmanship that Kingborough Lions United Football Club and Football teaches in our sport.

I know now it is too late to go back and change the past but it is not late for myself to change my future and my future actions, I talked a lot about maturity and professionalism to my players and people involved in my life and yesterday I showed a completely different thing.

I know now critics may go even further and increase but with a lot of shame I take full responsibilities to what happened and I am ready to pay the consequences of what I caused, with no excuses!

I also would like to apologies for any grammatical mistakes and my English.

Thank You.

Gabriel Markaj”

G Markaj and Piok

Photo:  Coach Markaj glances in the direction of Piok, who has just been sent off and is with assistant coach Gerry Lampasona (right) [PlessPix]

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-1 #34 bob bush 2017-05-22 02:57
I'm saying that the coach got it wrong BUT it is about time the refs got some criticism. In the A League GF, a melee was treated by the ref with a number of yellow cards and the game continued. A similar melee last yr in the South/Zebra game saw 2 send-offs from one side and nothing for the other. Surely that deserves criticisms as does other performances. I say the general level of officiating is poor. Still no comments on the imbalance in the comp.....a problem I see little or no comment on.
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+2 #33 bobby 2017-05-19 01:37
So Bob Bush are you saying that the comments by Markaj were appropriate. I don't mean how he said it or even the context, because he clearly stated that the ref in this instance did not raise his arm for an indirect free kick, which the ref clearly did and also that he gave a free kick for a foul throw, which he did not do either. I have now watched the FFT TV youtube and it is clear) So either we accept that the refs can not win, or we need to actually congratulate them when they get it right. In this instance the ref was spot on and it has somehow transpired that he and the refs are poor. In this case it was simply not correct and has not been rectified.
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-1 #32 bob bush 2017-05-18 00:59
I'm 70 years of age so a bit old to become a ref, fellas. If this comp is to be taken seriously we have to improve the officiating (and be prepared to criticize when it is due) and balance up the sides. I note no-one is discussing the latter problem....why not ?
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+4 #31 George Best 2017-05-16 22:58
TIME FOR YOU TO BECOME A REF THEN! Be thankful they are there, regardless of how you see their performance. Not much fun at times when you have to ref a game as club rep. I for one am thankful when they turn up to social games.


It is sad that people vilify refs to the extent they do. These guys are trying to do the best job they can - impartially.

The job is often thankless. Few of us could perform the job they do as well. Without refs the rest of us would have no football to watch.
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+8 #30 Lenny 2017-05-16 05:43
Quoting bob bush:
Poor form from the coach but it is about time someone criticised the referees. They are poor. Also the comp is unbalanced with 4 sides up and 4 down and a huge gap inbetween. What is Football Tas doing about correcting this ? Why watch any game last round when all the results were predictably one-sided.


TIME FOR YOU TO BECOME A REF THEN! Be thankful they are there, regardless of how you see their performance. Not much fun at times when you have to ref a game as club rep. I for one am thankful when they turn up to social games.
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-8 #29 bob bush 2017-05-16 01:56
Poor form from the coach but it is about time someone criticised the referees. They are poor. Also the comp is unbalanced with 4 sides up and 4 down and a huge gap inbetween. What is Football Tas doing about correcting this ? Why watch any game last round when all the results were predictably one-sided.
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-1 #28 anon mouse 2017-05-16 01:47
3 coaches down.....a 4/4 split in the comp with none of the bottom 4 competitive with the top 4....refereeing poor....the comp is a joke.
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+6 #27 Darren Anderton 2017-05-15 22:54
#23
I think you might be off the mark there?
As a mate of Matty's I can say with surety that he wouldn't know who Peter Taylor was, and the spelling/gramma r of the post was too good to be Matty. (sorry Matt but it's true)
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+4 #26 Tostao 2017-05-15 22:20
Quoting Lucky Penny:
Tostao,

The attackers are poor in their finishing and the side really misses Kovadion up front as he knew how to finish.


What has happened to Joel Schuth's finishing?

A few years ago he had a shot like a cannonball.

How old is he?
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-5 #25 Tostao 2017-05-15 22:18
Quoting Lucky Penny:
Tostao, I think they are porous at the back, lack creativity in midfield and suffer from poor finishing up front. The midfielders lack options when in possession and pass poorly when they do have options of feeding the front-runners.


Thanks for the response.

Disagree about midfield in the case of young Adam Harms. Under time and space pressure, due to numeral disadvantage, I thought he used the ball judiciously.

From a coaching perspective his team-mate forwards often weren't on the same wave length with his insights and game sense. They were not communicating and showing for the ball with eye contact effectively enough.
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