The referees your S.League club ought to love or hate

We all know how the man in the middle can affect the outcome of games, but are there any you really need to watch out for? FFT crunched the numbers based on games from the 2016 S.League season till now...

Albirex Niigata (S)  

Albirex Niigata's Overall:

  • Ahmad A'Qashah - 5 Y 1 R in 5 matches
  • Farhad Mohd - 5 Y 1 R in 8 matches
  • G Letchman - 7 Y in 3 matches
  • Taqi Jahari - 5 Y in 5 matches
  • Sukhbir Singh - 6 Y in 8 matches
  • Nathan Chan - 3 Y in 4 matches
  • W Ravisanthiran - 3 Y in 5 matches
  • Jansen Foo - 2 Y in 6 matches 

Hate: Ahmad A'Qashah (5 Y 1 R in 5 matches)/ G Letchman (7 Y in 3 matches)

It is a tie between A'Qashah and Letchman for the reigning league champions.

A'Qashah dished out one of the only two reds (both straight reds to Tomoki Menda) the White Swans have received since start of last season.

He has also already given them five yellows and one red in five matches, beating off competition from Farhad Mohd who has a similar record in eight outings.

Letchman is not too far behind too, with seven yellows in three matches — four of these came in a 2-0 win over Geylang International in the first leg of their 2016 Singapore Cup quarter-final tie.

Love: Jansen Foo (2 Y in 6 matches)

The White Swans have got to love the sight of Foo, who kept his cards in his pocket for four out of their six matches which he officiated and handed them the least number of cards overall.

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Foo has been more lenient toward the White Swans

Home United

Home United's Overall:

  • Taqi Jahari - 14 Y 1 R in 7 matches
  • Farhad Mohd - 13 Y in 8 matches
  • G Letchman - 8 Y in 4 matches
  • Ahmad A'Qashah - 8 Y in 4 matches
  • W Ravisanthiran - 8 Y in 6 matches
  • Jansen Foo - 6 Y in 5 matches
  • Nathan Chan - 6 Y in 4 matches
  • Sukhbir Singh - 3 Y in 3 matche

Hate: Taqi Jahari (14 Y 1 R in 7 matches) 

Taqi reigns supreme in this category not just because he handed Home's only red card across two seasons so far (a direct dismissal for Sufianto Salleh in a 3-1 home defeat to Balestier Khalsa in 2016), but also recorded the most number of cards per game.

Love: Sukhbir Singh (3 Y in 3 matches)

Sukhbir — surprise surprise, for one of the strictest referees in the S.League — gets some love, with the lowest average of just one card per game.

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Sukbhir gives Home's Song a talking to

Did You Know?

Home has gotten the least number of red cards (1) since the start of the 2016 season - a record only equaled by Garena Young Lions.

Tampines Rovers

Tampines' Overall:

  • Sukhbir Singh - 24 Y 3 R in 7 matches
  • Farhad Mohd- 22 Y 2 R in 7 matches
  • Nathan Chan - 6 Y 2 R in 3 matches
  • Jansen Foo - 14 Y 1 R in 6 matches
  • Ahmad A'Qashah - 8 Y 1 R in 6 matches
  • G Letchman - 15 Y in 6 matches
  • Taqi Jahari - 9 Y in 5 matches
  • W Ravisanthiran - 7 Y in 3 matches

Hate: Sukhbir Singh (24 Y 3 R in 7 matches)

Tampines fans’ can be forgiven for fearing the worst when Sukhbir handles Tampines’ matches, as he has been shown to be quite ruthless to then, when required. 

In Tampines’ opening matches in 2016 and 2017, Sukhbir dished out five yellows and two reds in a 3-3 draw against Geylang, as well as seven yellows and three reds in the 2-1 Community Shield defeat to Albirex respectively.

Interestingly, Yasir was sent off for a second bookable offence on both occasions. Enough said...

Love: Taqi Jahari (9 Y in 5 matches) 

Although Taqi did hand out five yellows in Tampines’ 3-2 extra-time victory over Ceres-Negro in the second leg of the 2016 Singapore Cup semi-finals, he recorded the least number of cards per game (1.8) for the Stags.

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Taqi is touted as one of the brighest referees in the S.League