Robert Hicks
Football referees should develop character and presence, says rugby league referee Robert Hicks

Football should encourage referees to develop character and presence, says top rugby Super League referee Robert Hicks.

In the second part of a filmed interview with You Are The Ref, Hicks expresses the view that character is being squeezed out of football officiating.

“The best referees are the ones with that presence – like Mark Clattenburg and Martin Atkinson,” says Hicks, a supporter of Manchester United.

He believes football should be stronger on discipline but less rigid when it comes to giving referees more power over law interpretation and man-management.

Tune in below to the second part of Hicks’ interview with Alan Biggs.