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The IBJJF sanctions the referee who robbed Mike Fowler

A week and a half ago I noted the that the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation had shown an unprecedented openness in discussing a blown call that cost American Mike Fowler his match against Brazilian Daniel Moraes at this year’s BJJ world championships.

For years I have seen Americans complain that they cannot not get a fair shake when they compete in Brazil, and the fact that Moraes was not disqualified for illegally spiking Fowler on his head while Fowler had Moraes in an arm lock seemed to confirm many people’s suspicions about a pro-Brazilian bias.

Back then I wrote that the fact that the IBJJF would publicly discuss the incident was a step in the right direction, but only a first step if it’s goal is to make BJJ a truly international sport.

Today Kid Peligro reported that the IBJJF took a huge second step forward by suspending Cabelinho, the referee involved in the incident:

Alvaro Mansur Technical Director of the IBJJF stated that the referee Cabelinho will be sanctioned: ‘A referee of Cabelinho’s caliber cannot make a mistake like that adn for that reason he will be sanctioned. Although it is humanly impossible’ the Federation seeks to remove all mistakes from matches. We try to review and pursue every major mistake so we can correct and improve in the future. Those referees commiting the major mistakes are open to sanctions such as in this case. Cabelinho is suspended and will [not] be refereeing for the next 3 events!”

This is another good move, but the proof will be in the pudding so to speak. I will be interested to hear what Americans have to say after the next big IBJJF competition. tags: , , , , , , ,

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