Breaks his Own Rule to Return
’I have a rule that I never referee twice at the same tournament. This year it is the first time I participate in the Dana Cup, and I have already decided to break my own rule and return next year.’
Tristley Bassue smiles. He is 32 years old and comes from the small-island state Saint Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean.
’This year I’m on a month long trip in my holiday as a teacher. I began at Helsinki Cup in Finland. Moved on to Gothia Cup in Sweden. Now I’m in Denmark at the Dana Cup, and then I’ll finish at a tournament in China, and I have only experienced that the conditions have improved.’
’At the Dana Cup I notice that the referees are being taken care of. Everything is well-organized and we quickly become part of a social and professional community, which I have not experienced anywhere else,’ Tristley Bassue says.
He has been a referee for seven years and through hard work he now works at FIFA level and referees both in his home country and within CONCACAF, which is similar to UEFA and includes national football federations from an area of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.