Papua New Guinea: referee changes decision after being assaulted in Hekari-Komara clash

The fifteenth matchweek of 2019-20 Papua New Guinea National Soccer League was full of controversies and the first one took place in the opening match of the week contested between Gulf Komara and local powerhouse Hekari United.

Hekari United was beating Gulf Komara by 1-0 when forward Kolu Kepo was fouled inside the box and the referee awarded a penalty to Hekari, and that is what started the whole confusion. Komara’s defender Kila Numa got angry with the penalty awarded and then he kicked the ball at referee David Yareboinen on purpose.

Numa also ran into Yareboinen and pushed him twice before receiving a yellow card, but he should have seen a red card for the agressions. You can check the incident by clicking here. After all, the referee changed his decision and the penalty awarded to Hekari United was cancelled – a shameful decision.

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David Yareboinen (right) was assaulted by Gulf Komara’s defender Kila Numa – PNGFA Media

Kila Numa was not sent off for assaulting the referee, but he saw a red card later that game by fouling Nigel Dabinyaba. At the final whistle, Hekari won by 2-0 to remain in the third position in the National Soccer League. You can check the current league standings, results and top scorers by clicking here.

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