Ref­er­ees are like any­one

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE 2ND ROUND QUALIFYING -

WHAT ar­ro­gance from Steve Ru­drum

(Fans’ Fo­rum, Septem­ber 9) to sug­gest those who com­plain about ref­er­ees take up the job them­selves. That’s about as ridicu­lous as sug­gest­ing any­body who com­plains about the Prime Min­is­ter should do the job them­selves.

If ref­er­ees get it wrong they are go­ing to get crit­i­cism, just like play­ers and man­agers do. As for abuse, the cur­rent laws of the game cover that but all too of­ten ref­er­ees fail to take ac­tion against play­ers us­ing foul and abu­sive lan­guage.

Yes, there is no game with­out ref­er­ees, just like there isn’t with­out play­ers, man­agers and the many vol­un­teers. If Mr Ru­drum can’t stand the heat perhaps he should get out of the kitchen? STEVE FORD, via email

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