Football managers · Referees

Managers v Referees (In Scotland)

Scottish Premier League managers have agreed to refrain from speaking about refereeing decisions after matches.

Rangers manager Walter Smith, who attended the first working group meeting, believes public criticism has put too much pressure on referees this season.

“It’s a step forward and a show of intent from managers that there is an acceptance that there are too many headlines being grabbed by the fact that we may be a little critical of referees at times,” he said.

This is to ignore the fact that the the outcome of too many matches are affected by refereeing decisions, often wrong or controversial ones.

Perhaps when there is nothing we can do about flaws in the system, the best thing to do is keep quiet. That’s what most of us do.


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