Referees in the media (week 44)

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.

“It is quite beyond me why 90 minutes of conversations aren’t always recorded. Referees’ conversations should be available to fans who pay their wages, if anything, to be aware of what the referees themselves have to put up with. If the language is so bad, someone has to do something about improving it without sanitising the game. A point has been reached and in this generation you have got to do something about it.”

That’s what David Davies, the former executive director of the Football Association, says to The Guardian. He reacts on the research that is done by the FA about ‘inappropriate (racist) language’ from referee Mark Clattenburg towards Chelsea players.

“As the far-side assistant I was to replace Kevin in the middle with Specialist Assistant Andy McWilliam remaining on the dug-out side which left only my line to fill. How difficult could that be in a crowd of almost 3,500?”

Douglas Ross replaced the injured center referee, but what to do with the position of assistant referee. Great blog story by the Category 3 Specialist Assistant Development Referee (what a title they get in Scotland!) about finally finding a 61-year-old steward, who’s a referee, running the line.

Logo of Swiss FA

“The football association has to do something now, otherwise there will be more problems in the future. There are more young refs considering to stop.”

Swiss former top referee Urs Meier warns the national FA of his country in an interview on this website.

One thought on “Referees in the media (week 44)

  1. I thought they would have 4th Officials for the Scottish 1st Division and that would have solved the problem for them. The EPL had a similar situation a couple of years ago and since they had a 4th Official, the official they found in the crowd took over as 4th, while the 4th Official became an AR (the AR was the ref that got injured).

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