02 Apr 2018 06:34:37
Ed002 what with there being no English referees at the world cup has the premier league or fa put it down to just one of those things or are they genuinely concerned about the standard of top flight refereeing?

{Ed002's Note - The referees are not the responsibility of the Premier League in any way or form. They are banded together under the The Referees’ Association. The reason for there being no English referees' at the World Cup is not because there wasn't one on the list but because the one who was walked away from the game. As for the standard of refereeing in England, the inconsistency is of serious concern to a number (probably just about all) of the clubs and there have been several meetings and discussions over the past couple of years. The introduction of technical aids means that every decision is now being disected by fans and the media, which of course adds unnescessary pressure. The RA and the FA would like the clubs to be less vocal publically about the matter as they try and improve the situation.}

1.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 09:32:05
Great response.
Our refs in the EPL seem content on having no rapport with the players and are too inconsistent.

{Ed002's Note - It is the inconsistency the clubs have the major issue with. The RA is not happy with the likes of Keith Hackett and Dermot Gallagher critiquing the performances of individuals in the public eye, which itself leads to tension and pressure and they are truly astonished by the revalations that Mark Clattenburg has (suggesting that he decided prior to a game not to send players off and impacting the outcome) and that he has a couple of other things he has said he will say (that will call a number of things in to serious question). He needs to be stopped.}

2.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 10:53:34
I think you need to factor in that the current crop of refs aren’t a patch on the previous generation. That said, I would very much like to see the refs respected as they are in Rugby League. Only the captain to approach the ref. Anyone waving an imaginary card should be booked themselves. Anyone touching the ref at all, card or off. Then we might see some order restored. But in return the refs have to become more consistent.

{Ed002's Note - It really doesn't work like that.}

3.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 11:37:50
Ed- agree on the inconsistency - some decisions made one week are given in the opposite direction the following week - sometimes by the same official!

But I also think they are not helped by direction given. Start of season - holding from a corner obvious instruction to award a free kick/ pen. Now- same season- do what you want and get away with it.

That’s inconsistency right from the top.

4.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 12:12:01
“He needs to be stopped” 😂 Said like a true Hollywood action film bad guy.

5.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 12:27:45
All you have to do is watch the Palace game to know that the ref. standards in the PL is completely dreadful.

6.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 12:55:50
I watched a district league game the other weekend and two players were sent off for gobbing off at the ref after he gave the other team a penalty, can’t help but think that if that happened in the premier league then players would be a lot more respectful to the refs.

7.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 14:51:20
I watch a lot of Rugby (both codes) And the refs are dwafed by the giants they ref during the games yet when there is a disputed decision there are no riots, no more than two players near the ref and they step off immediately after being told. Very often with a "yes sir" or "understood" as they go. Footballers could learn a lot from those guys. (Don't know if anyone saw the Hull derby the weekend but the highlight was when Snead got called over by the ref for chucking the ball at a KR player and it wasn't him, when he told the ref who it actually was the said player could be clearly heard saying f*****g snitch! with a smile on his face, you don't get that any where else) .

8.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 12:29:07
thanks for the response Ed002 appreciate it.

9.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 15:38:06
English referees are dreadful.

10.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 19:25:50
the number of wrong or border line decions that have gone against Lierpool this season have been awful .

11.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 19:47:33
T-D, That would not happen in the PL (as much as I would like it to be) cos the media, managers and players would scream bloody murder and that ref would not ref a PL game again. Sad but true.

12.) 02 Apr 2018
02 Apr 2018 20:10:17
Personally I don't think the refs can win I agree there is inconsistencies, ref to ref and game to game but you can say that about players and they train constantly to be at their best every game it's human. I don't doubt refs have been biased towards teams or players or even on a limited basis (or more so in Italy perhaps) deliberately called a game a certain way either for personal gain or politics but I am sure this is a global issue and affects all sports. No mater what a refs decision is one side will always be upset and moan but this has probably been the case from the start of time. Unfortunately technology changed which allowing pundits and fans to watch slow motion video several times from different angles in HD while the refs decision is made in a split second. I am not a fan of VAR as it has been used so far I think it is too slow and I would hate to see it become more prevalent in the game as I am sure it will only be a mater of time before TV say we should have an ad during this VAR decision. I would like to see balls out of play and offsides handled the way goal line technology is with the linesman being notified if the technology is quick enough to react to the play otherwise leave it alone. If anyone out there watches NHL (ice hockey) they will know no mater how many angles are covered replays can take ages for a decision to be made and they are still inconsistent and and sometimes get them wrong. But at the end of the day there are still debates about offside and goalie interference on a near daily basis. All that might have changed is the game got slower and the Refs might be second inline for abuse after the team reviewing the play.

{Ed001's Note - FIFA have already looked into the possibility of using the VAR moments in the World Cup to host ad breaks. Funnily enough, when they were told it was very feasible to do so was when they decided to use it!}