Often during discussions in my time at PGMOL, I would highlight the need for referees to get the big decisions correct.
We would analyse DVD clips and discuss amongst the group how error could be avoided. The input of our top referees passing on their skill sets to the younger officials aided the learning process.
With the help of Prozone we would investigate the position and movement of the referee, and it was evident that the majority of mistakes were made because the referee had failed to see the incident.
Over the weekend, millions were tuned in to watch Bournemouth versus Arsenal with Kevin Friend in charge.
It is difficult to understand why, with an excellent view, this fit and experienced referee did not react properly to Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal committing a two-footed reckless challenge with excessive force on Bournemouth’s Dan Gosling in the early stages of this game.
Kevin ignored the sanction required in law and produced a yellow card, not the red that this challenge fully deserved.
Referees when faced with making the big decisions must demonstrate courage.
Please, for the good of the game, ensure that these two-footed challenges receive the appropriate sanction.