A class two referee Andy Addison who frequents in the handling of division two leagues in the Western Region has defied the odds as he has shared off almost 200 pounds of weight since his first appearance on the field some 3 years ago.
Refereeing demands some level of stature being athletic most preferred, especially those involved in Football and other running sports.
It has been a part-time job for almost all involved in the refereeing profession. Speaking to Spice FM’s Felix Boansi, referee Addison mentioned that as a student, he sees his new job (refereeing) as one that he’s very much passionate about so he takes to the gym every single day to put his health in check.
The financial gains and all the benefits rated ahead of the tantrums, insinuations and the mocks that supporters, team officials and players sometimes pour on him did not border him because his ultimate aim is to get a FIFA badge for a good job.
The ongoing Western Region Middle League day one saw referee Andy Addison on the lines when Bis Paradise beat Achiesu United and away from the brilliant football displayed on the field, Andy inspired some smiles on the faces of the spectators present with his ran and how his boot followed his big buttocks.
This caused a spontaneous shout from one of the fans in the stance – “Hw3 ne tun” translated as “look at his buttocks”, pointing at the famous Andy Addison who took the shine out of the fine game displayed for a while.
Not to take a shot at the former Premier League referee, but Phil Dowd had faced similar trolls on social media; from managers, notably the new Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho which prompted the man’s laying down of the whistle.
But here, Dowd, at age 54, is twice the size of Addison somewhere 2014, the two look the same now with the latter losing almost 200 pounds after 36 months actively involved in the sport.
Dowd made his debut in 1992, he officiated in the 2011 League Cup Final, 2010 Community Shield Final and the 2012 FA Cup final before his retirement after missing out on the entire 2015-16 season due to illness.
The Cape Coast based Class Two Referee has the aim of attaining the biggest certificate possible in the field, Federation of International Football Association’s Referee Badge, and doesn’t see his size stopping him.
Refereeing Officials are demanded to undergo some tests before being awarded the FIFA badge, the question here is how different will that be from those that Andy Addison has adequately covered to claim the Class Two Badge?
There have been a lot of criticisms concerning the level of officiating in Ghana, but on December 19, 2016, 21 Ghanaian referees were awarded with a FIFA badge which seemingly feed into the huge probability for the Fat Referee attaining one.
One thing that I can attest to is Andy’s passion for the game, he wills to make every decision right – Andy was on the lines in his first game of the Western Region Middle League, every decision he took affirmed how conscious he’s about the profession.
“At first I was facing those challenges, running and controlling myself, because I now train usually so there isn’t any difficulty”. Referee Andy Addison told spicefmonline.com
“I’ve been officiating for three years, I’ve lost almost 200 pounds in the process, I’m still losing weight, refereeing is a passion, if you’re fat it shouldn’t stop you from achieving your aim”.
The Western Region Middle League has reached the semi-finals stage, Referee Andy Addison is still in the race to bless us with some games.