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Standard of reffing this season

Is at such a bad level it’s killing the game.

West Brom deliberately elbows stoke player, ref five yards away, no even a free kick.

West Brom have a shot, takes a huge deflection, ref in the perfect position, five yards away and clear view. Gives a goal kick.

posted on 21/1/20

comment by Kebablegs (U17699)
posted 4 hours, 1 minute ago
comment by gelderd82 (U6817)
posted 3 hours ago
This is why VAR will never work in this country, VAR is very good and works everywhere else.

The issue is the incompetent clowns operating it, until the people at the top realise this nothing will change but 90% of this country's refs are appalling and the other 10% have massive ego's
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Here’s my first nomination to go on the course and do 5 games and see if you still have the same opinion
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ill have the same opinion until standards improve....how anyone can say the state of officiating in this country isn't anything other than diabolical is beyond me.

Sure its a hard job, but they are getting worse not better

posted on 22/1/20

For a start in the Prem they have not properly implemented VAR protocol as provided for in the Laws of the Game!

The reluctance to show cards in certain cases gets me boiling too!

comment by Jonty (U4614)

posted on 22/1/20

Rather than VAR, rather than 4th officials why not have 2 refs on pitch.

posted on 22/1/20

comment by Jonty (U4614)
posted 58 minutes ago
Rather than VAR, rather than 4th officials why not have 2 refs on pitch.
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One in each half ?

comment by Jonty (U4614)

posted on 22/1/20

comment by Cal Neva - Lisa For Leader (U11544)
posted 9 minutes ago
comment by Jonty (U4614)
posted 58 minutes ago
Rather than VAR, rather than 4th officials why not have 2 refs on pitch.
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One in each half ?
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Could do that and then for free kicks you can address the situation we just saw as well as more chance of spotting off the ball incidents. 4th official is waste of time at present.

posted on 22/1/20

comment by Jonty (U4614)
posted 8 seconds ago
comment by Cal Neva - Lisa For Leader (U11544)
posted 9 minutes ago
comment by Jonty (U4614)
posted 58 minutes ago
Rather than VAR, rather than 4th officials why not have 2 refs on pitch.
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One in each half ?
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Could do that and then for free kicks you can address the situation we just saw as well as more chance of spotting off the ball incidents. 4th official is waste of time at present.
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What do they do in NFL ?

comment by Jonty (U4614)

posted on 22/1/20

I don’t know I dont watch it!

posted on 22/1/20

comment by Jonty (U4614)
posted 2 minutes ago
I don’t know I dont watch it!
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Wrong sport

posted on 22/1/20

comment by VOF - what could possibly go wrong now? (U17124)



posted 1 day, 1 hour ago


Refs are needed, they're an essential element of the game.

They make mistakes, sometimes howlers, but on balance I think they all do there best to provide a positive impact to any game. I've lost count of the times when I've been at ER and thought they'd had a mare, but when watching back incidents on TV, they've actually got it spot on (for and against us).

They're not helped by the continuous diving, cheating and abuse they receive from players, coaches and pretty much anyone within the ground (or in commentary boxes). Watching the Liverpool v Man U game on sunday, it was appalling to see the schum players en-masse surrounding and abusing the ref, for a decision which still separates opinion.

My criticism is the lack of help they get from the assistants running up and down the lines. Time and again they seem clueless and shy away from providing support to the guy/girl running around the pitch and trying to keep up with play.

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fully agree VOF.

posted on 22/1/20

I believe NFL used 6 officials on the field and also use tv replay.

Having a second center referee would not have helped spot the Wells handballs on the qpr goal.

Number of officials is declining across all sports worldwide. Don’t have enough quality officials as it is.

We do 2 Center referees with no ARs in school soccer here in US. I’m not a great fan of this system.

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