Better referees will lead to better football (and 4 more stories)

Referees in the media will be published at the beginning of the week on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.

Fifa World Magazine 2013 issue January/February

Fifa World Magazine 2013 issue January/February

We’re in the process of enlarging the development of young footballers at various youth levels and are constantly working on developing other key areas, such as coaching, refereeing and administration, and I believe this investment will pay off massively in the years to come.- Mario Semedo, Cape Verde; Football Association President
Cape Verde was the smallest country ever going to the Africa Cup of Nations. The country is developing rapidly and the national president stresses that improving refereeing is also a key to develop football. Download the Fifa World magazine issue January/February of 2013 in pdf.

In deciding not to support Dean the FA’s appeals body has planted two feet into a referee’s honest attempt to discourage this type of challenge. Kompany may have been right in fact but the referee was not wrong in spirit.- David Lacey, England; former sports correspondent The Guardian

Excellent article by former football correspondent at the Guardian Peter Lacey. Still worth reading, even if it’s two weeks old.

The accuracy and fitness of our Select Group officials has never been better, the relationships we have with the likes of the Professional Footballers’ Association and the League Managers’ Association never stronger.- Mike Riley, England; general manager at PGMOL

Mike Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited is very satisfied with the level and skills of the UK referees. Riley also talks about the appointment of John Williams, former Blackburn chairman, as boss of the PGMOL.

Your integrity should never be in doubt. Ambassadors and diplomats do not tolerate anything which is dishonest, corrupt, unethical or even doubtful.- David Elleray, England; UEFA Referees Committee member

David Elleray during Uefa’s referee winter course. Also check the nice photo’s of the referee’s training sessions at Uefa’s website.

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