COME ON REF, IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!
ONE of the most important changes I would like to see is a significant improvement in the attitude of refereeing for the good of the game.
So often, from the moment that I walk into the refs’ room to hand in my team sheet, I get a sense that the ref is assuming an unnecessary importance and putting a negative psychology into the equation.
Don’t get me wrong; refs count. Their judgements make a big difference to results. We all know that.
But I think they should always remember that the public are there to watch great football, excitement, goals and incident.
Punishing every minor indiscretion kills that. Feeling a need to meet the assessor’s criteria affects that.
Frustrating the players kills that.
In the pre-match brief to managers and captains, we normally get told that the ref will call in the captains when players are in trouble.
We never get told to just have fun, play well and entertain. I am longing for the day when a ref simply says ‘Fellas, go out there and give the public their best game of the season. I will keep out of the way, let the game flow and only step in if I am really needed’. Imagine...!