Hibernian’s Bamba has fixture congestion concerns over strike action

Hibernian defender Sol Bamba fears for fixture congestion unless the Scottish Football Association resolve the referees crisis.

Hibernian defender Sol Bamba fears for fixture congestion unless the Scottish Football Association resolve the referees crisis.

The SFA are attempting to avert strike action, but are seeking alternatives, with the prospect of officials being parachuted in from abroad.

Bamba believes officials need greater protection from the SFA.

The Hibs defender said in the Edinburgh Evening News: "In this game everyone is criticised, from the players and managers to the referees, it is just part of it. "But if the referees don't feel safe because of what is happening to them right now, then the SFA have to do something about it.

"They have to make them feel better about the situation, protect them more maybe.

"I think something has to change because if there are no games this weekend then it will be a big blow for Scottish football.

"If we lose the games this weekend and then the weather forces games the next week to be called off then we are all left playing catch up and that is very bad at this stage of the season, it could be very complicated."

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