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THE pres­sure on ref­er­ees is grow­ing all the time in our mod­ern day, so­cial me­dia world – and that’s an­other rea­son of­fi­cials need to spend more time work­ing on their skills.

If a ref­eree makes a ma­jor blun­der th­ese days, it will be high­lighted by the likes of tele­vi­sion, ra­dio and twit­ter. Man­agers will vent their fury, fans will have their say.

Birm­ing­ham City boss Gary Rowett said:“The pres­sure on ref­er­ees seems to in­crease ev­ery sea­son – there seems to be more at stake.

“I don’t think the stan­dard has changed that much in re­cent years, but a poor per­for­mance seems to mean much more.

“Man­agers have less time in their jobs and more pres­sure on them to win games, and we live in an in­stant so­ci­ety now.”

Man­agers live and die by their re­sults – and wrong de­ci­sions by of­fi­cials could cost them their jobs.

But Rowett be­lieves more di­a­logue be­tween man­agers and of­fi­cials could help the re­la­tion­ship be­tween them – and high­lights the work of na­tional list ref­eree man­ager David Al­li­son.

“David is al­ways very open to calls to help us un­der­stand some of the de­ci­sions that have been taken,” he said.“The fact you can call him on a Mon­day morn­ing and get an ex­pla­na­tion has been re­ally help­ful.That could be used more.”

Hull boss Steve Bruce said: “Ref­er­ee­ing is a daunting task and it’s be­com­ing more and more dif­fi­cult. How­ever, it has got bet­ter. Ref­er­ees have had to get in bet­ter shape, phys­i­cally they are much fit­ter. Cer­tainly, if you look at the top refs in the Premier League, they’ve got the abil­ity to get around the pitch.

“The one thing I dis­agree with in the Premier League is ref­er­ees be­ing as­sessed all the time.

“When ref­er­ees are be­ing marked down by peo­ple in the stand when they haven’t given a yel­low card when they should have done that causes a bit of ex­tra pres­sure.”

Rother­ham boss Neil Warnock added:“There are some good refs, but they have to step up a gear.

“The Cham­pi­onship is now a very tough and quick league.The games are very fast.”

CON­TRO­VERSY: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day’s Fer­nando Forestieri couldn’t be­lieve his dis­missal against Hull

DIF­FI­CULT: Steve Bruce

TOUGH: Neil Warnock

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