Ref respect is two-way
I MUST applaud Ian Ridley’s balanced and thought provoking piece regarding referees’ respect
(NLP, September 10). Everyone conveniently forgets, that respect must be earned, it is not a right.
I watched a Step 3 derby on August Bank Holiday Monday, where the referee had travelled 240 miles, to provide a ‘service’ to both clubs, and their supporters.
He managed to send off one player for stamping on an opponent, but failed to mention in his report the player subsequently tearing off his shirt, throwing it to the ground and kicking a water bottle. He also had an unfortunate habit of touching players, when speaking to them.
The player won his appeal for the sending off and wasn’t charged for the other two offences.
How could any player or bench respect this official? Mr Ridley’s last paragraph sums it up, “referees need to show respect and examine their own conduct”.
Communication is the biggest problem. Time-wasting, for example, point to your watch letting players, benches, and crowds know it is being added on, or for free-kicks, use your body to indicate what it has been awarded for, ie: point to your hand for handball, elbow etc.
Although dialogue with players is frowned upon nowadays, it does help immensely in pro-active control.