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    Author: Dean Mohareb

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    You Are The Ref have stated before that, although we back the campaign against the abuse of match officials at all levels, we do not believe that a strike is the correct way of dealing with this problem. We would like to see the  Football Association resurrect the Respect programme, and support it by issuing far more robust sanctioning procedures to those who are guilty of such abuse. There have been instances this month in professional football, where match officials have been physically handled, and the forthcoming punishments have not been severe enough.

    When The FA Respect Programme was launched in 2008, The FA chief executive at the time Brian Barwick, who is now an FA council member said: “The Respect Programme is a top priority for The FA and the game as a whole”.  Well if ever it is a priority, it is now!

    During my time as FA National Referee Manager, I was fortunate enough to work with Dermot Collins, the FA Respect Manager.  He was a fantastic man and someone who believed passionately in Respect and what it stood for.  Dermot often banged his head against a brick wall and had little support from disciplinary committees and from the leadership who watered down the Respect Programme and reduced the budget year after year.  The token captain’s armbands in FA Cup games and the odd advertising board at the various Cup Finals are not enough, more has to be done!

    In the professional game, match officials often assume that they are safe and well protected.  The various stewards, safety officers and police at the ground provide security and certainly up until this season, a physical act towards an official at the professional level was rare and if it occurred it was dealt with swiftly and firmly.  Paulo Di Canio was hit with an eight game ban for pushing referee Paul Alcock in 1998 and David Prutton got ten games for manhandling Alan Wiley in 2005.  However, in the past month there have been four instances of physical alterations with match officials and the punishments handed out so far have been weak and insufficient.  Arsene Wenger was handed a four game touchline ban for pushing Anthony Taylor and Hope Akpan got the same suspension for pushing referee Scott Duncan.  Last weekend Newport County player Mitch Rose struck the red card out of referee Trevor Kettle’s hand and this weekend Leandro Bacuna playing for Aston Villa initiated head to head contact with assistant referee Mark Russell. Both players have this week received the standard three match bans. What is clear already from the precedents set this season is that more has to be done to deter such behaviour.

    I am proposing a 5 point plan in order to improve behaviour across the game;

    1. Any player or club official who puts their hands, feet or head on a match official should receive a minimum suspension of 10 matches
    2. The club should be deducted a minimum of 3 points when a match official is assaulted or excluded from the cup (depending on the competition the incident occurs in)
    3. The individual concerned should have to complete The FA Referees’ course and officiate a minimum of 5 games in the local Sunday League during their suspension period
    4. The PFA and/or LMA should publicly condemn the actions of the individual
    5. The Referees’ Association and Prospect Union should come out and publicly support the match officials

    The Football Association has badly let down match officials across the game with the weak suspensions given out in these high profile incidents so far.

    Prospect Union has said representations are being made and The PFA, LMA and Referees’ Association have said nothing so far.  All of these organisations should start to support referees in the media and publicly, otherwise there will be even less officials coming through to the professional game when they see the examples set at the top levels.

      On the Ref Show this week are former football player and manager Gary Megson who is joined by former PGMOL boss Keith Hackett to discuss with Alan Biggs the weekend action in the Premier League and the EFL Cup final. At Wembley there was a goal incorrectly ruled out which would have given Southampton the lead against Manchester United. The panel discuss the importance of the first goal in games and also whether bigger clubs tend to get more decisions from referees. In the Premier League, there was more controversy at Stamford Bridge with Swansea feeling aggrieved against league leaders Chelsea, and, Mark Clattenburg wasn't gone for long, the team discuss his impending exit.

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        Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late winner in the EFL Cup final to give Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho his first success since his summer appointment, as Southampton were beaten at Wembley.

        The Saints were the better side for the majority of the game and should have taken the lead when in-form striker Manolo Gabbiadiani saw a goal contentiously ruled out. The decision to rule out the Italian's first-half effort, which was incorrectly ruled out for offside against Ryan Bertrand, who was way out of the action at the far post while the Italian was clearly onside, baffled many fans and pundits alike.

        Keith Hackett in his Daily Telegraph column discusses the issue, whilst you can also get more discussion on The Ref Show later today,

          Alex Griffiths talking to Clive Thomas

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          In contemplating the 2017 EFL Cup re-enactment of the 1976 FA Cup Final refereed by himself, Clive Thomas does see a parallel between Tommy Docherty versus Lawrie McMenemy and Jose Mourinho versus Claude Puel: “Funnily enough, it's a similar situation in terms of the odds on offer from the bookies.

          “In my day, Saints were given no chance, yet they won it [1-0]. Back then, however, it didn't have anything to do with the strength of team a manager would agonise over, because everyone played their strongest team.

          “So, if United play their strongest team this time, I fear the Southampton players might struggle to get into the game at all at Wembley,” Thomas adds.

          What you can't imagine is a repeat of a twist not many fans knew of at the time: a phone call placed by Docherty to the winners' hotel near Kings Cross prior to the respective banquets and in the immediate aftermath of a result that sent shockwaves around the football world.

          Such a call would certainly raise more than the odd eyebrow were it between Mourinho and Puel come Sunday... “Despite having already congratulated his counterpart at the final whistle, the Doc felt he should congratulate him further on the telephone.

          “The thing is, Tommy and Lawrie were very close, and perhaps you don't get managers as close these days, so it is probably hard for any modern supporter to understand how it could have happened.

          “Lawrie was well liked in the game anyway, but Tommy went out of his way to point out they had been a credit to Division Two and that he accepted, as he still does, that Southampton simply played better on the day.”

          Two months before, Thomas had gone down in the record books as the first ever reserve referee for an English League Cup Final, as back-up to the late Jack Taylor of Wolverhampton. Up until then the convention was to have reserve linesmen.

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          Of Andre Marriner, who will be in charge this time around at Wembley, Thomas has less than fond memories: “Marriner made a terrible blunder in confusing England internationals Keiran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in an Arsenal versus Chelsea game not so long ago, and I still believe he and his team should not have been given another game for the remainder of that season.

          “How can you make a mistake like that between three of you? It baffles me. In sending off the wrong player, and not having any of the assistants intervene, an unforgivable error was made, and you would expect there to be consequences, or some kind of punishment, naturally.

          “Instead, of course, you found they were given another Premier League game the very next week!”

          Whenever you are lucky enough to be talking to the one and only Clive Thomas, the last thing you expect to hear is no comment, but that is what you get when you bring up the subject of his own League Cup Final and replay appointments, back in 1981.

          Maybe the rancour remains unresolved after a dispute over whether he was actually called a cheat by West Ham boss John Lyall for allowing a Liverpool goal despite Sammy Lee lying prone in an offside position (he definitely would not be, according to the Laws as they stand now) or whether Lyall had simply said he felt cheated.

          Who knows? Yet, perhaps predictably, there are other subjects Thomas is only too happy to expound upon... starting with the proposed sin bins which may be about to cross over from rugby, a sport which has always been close to this proud Welshman's heart.

          It is also a subject YATR's Keith Hackett has raised concerns over only recently.KHackett

          “It hurts me to see how much disrespect is tolerated and it is a constant theme that people ask me about, such as how Graham Poll could admit he allows players to insult him multiple times without acting upon it.

          “My own rule was, if it's a player you warn them, then a card. If it's someone from the bench I used to say, quite simply, any more and I will put you out of this ground.

          “Otherwise, once you have been undermined, you haven't just lost it for that game but for other games in future, because you failed to nip it in the bud.

          “I don't mind them showing their feelings, but when it comes to respect they must be under no illusions and be clear that you are the arbiter, the policeman if you like.”

          “Now, how can you police these proposed sin bins? Who's going to do that, especially as you go down the levels. Such great play is made by these international authorities about keeping the game basically the same on a mountain top as in a park or in a professional environment, but there will simply not be the bodies needed to enforce sin bins.

          “Surely we can avoid all this if referees go back to using your authority. Even when there is a language barrier you can calm things down, and I can even remember many a European fixture where I would find myself able to take the heat out of situations using body language!

          “We are changing far too many things in the name of making things easier or more acceptable for the player when, if you ask me, we already have all the tools we need for the job. Please leave the Laws alone!”

            Well, well, well…

            What an interesting couple of weeks at PGMOL towers.

            Arguably the world’s best referee, Mark Clattenburg, has finally had enough and will up sticks to Saudi Arabia at the end of the season.

            He was preparing to move mid-season but after talks has decided to work his three-months notice.

            Two or three lower level officials are being fast-tracked into the elite group to pad out the numbers as a result but…they must be clean shaven! Yes really.

            A new directive from on high is that facial fuzz on a referee is out of bounds. If you’re hirsute, you’re out.

            You couldn’t really make it up could you. An organisation that’s so out of touch it’s frankly embarrassing.

            Let’s take a look at where the flashpoints could come on week 26 of the campaign.

            Neil SwarbrickNeil Swarbrick

            Chelsea v Swansea City
            25/02 - 15.00

            Assistants: S. Long and S. Massey-Ellis
            Fourth official: L. Probert

            Great to see Sian Massey-Ellis taking the line at Stamford Bridge, and Lee Probert is back for the first time this season as fourth official.

            Neil Swarbrick – all you need to know

            Matches in 2016/17: 16 (1 on TV)
            Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 15
            Football League appointments in 2016/17: 4

            Antonio Conte will ensure his charges are up for the fight again for this match because Swansea have turned the corner under Paul Clement.

            Certainties to go down just a few weeks ago, a great run of results including an away win at Liverpool have given the Welshmen a genuine belief that they can stay out of trouble.

            Their resolve will be tested to its fullest here but Clement will be keen for his players to continue expressing themselves.

            Neil Swarbrick has a part to play in keeping this one flowing. Having recently suggested he likes managers with passion, what will he make of the maniacal Conte on the sidelines?

            Robert MadleyRobert Madley

            Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough
            25/02 - 15.00

            Assistants: P. Kirkup and M. Perry
            Fourth official: A. Taylor

            Robert Madley will soon be joined by brother Andrew on the elite list as PGMOL but in the meantime he will fly his family’s flag on his own.

            Robert Madley – all you need to know

            Matches in 2016/17: 18 (7 on TV)
            Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 9
            Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

            Sam Allardyce won’t be too enamoured to understand that Palace have lost every game at Selhurst Park that Madley has taken charge of.

            Further, in the last two fixtures he has overseen involving the south Londoners, Madley has awarded the opposition a penalty.

            It all points to another bad day at the office for a team that are sinking fast. Only Sunderland are below them on goal difference in the table.

            Despite their precarious position, a win here would see them draw level on points with Boro who are one of five teams that are also in the relegation mix.

            stuart-attwellStuart Attwell

            Everton v Sunderland
            25/02 - 15.00

            Assistants: A.Nunn and S. Ledger
            Fourth official: A. Taylor

            A seventh appointment of the season for Stuart Attwell, and his second involving Everton – his previous 90 minutes saw the Toffee’s defeat Leicester City 2-0.

            Stuart Attwell – all you need to know

            Matches in 2016/17: 7 (0 on TV)
            Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 18
            Football League appointments in 2016/17: 9

            David Moyes will be hoping that’s not an omen for this game because the Black Cats really need to pick up a win or two in the next half dozen games to give them a fighting chance of staying in the division.

            Attwell has done well when called upon this season – to the extent that the ‘ghost goal’ for which he was most famously remembered, has now been consigned to the history books.

            There’s every reason to think his employment next season will almost exclusively be based in the top flight if he can continue the good work here that he’s shown in his previous half dozen games in the EPL.

            Ronald Koeman had a touchline battle with fourth official Attwell during the game in November between Chelsea and Everton. It’ll be interesting to see if that affects the official’s decision making in this one.

            Martin Atkinson 5Martin Atkinson

            Hull City v Burnley
            25/02 - 15.00

            Assistants: S. Child and D. Bryan
            Fourth official: M. Oliver

            After an embarrassing FA Cup defeat to Lincoln City and the furore surrounding Joey Barton’s attempts to get opposition players sent off, Sean Dyche will want his team to get back to winning ways with immediate effect.

            Martin Atkinson – all you need to know

            Matches in 2016/17: 20 (8 on TV)
            Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 7
            Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

            Fortunately for the Clarets, when Martin Atkinson takes charge of their games, they normally end positively. Indeed, Burnley are unbeaten in six with him in the middle, including two visits to Hull.

            They’ll need all of their battling qualities on show if they want another three points here however. The Tigers are right in the relegation mix and are desperate for the win to pull them clear. If results elsewhere go for them too, the hosts could be as high as fifth from bottom at close of play.

            Their problem is the amount of goals they ship – only Swansea have conceded more.

            A good old-fashioned scrap can be expected here but with Michael Oliver as fourth official too, this is somewhat of a ‘dream team’ as far as PGMOL are concerned.

            The experience of both Oliver and Atkinson should ensure that this game will be notable for all of the right reasons.

            Mark Clattenburg
            Mark Clattenburg

            Mark Clattenburg

            West Bromwich Albion v AFC Bournemouth
            25/02 - 15.00

            Assistants: S. Bennett and D. Eaton
            Fourth official: R. East

            This is precisely the sort of appointment which has summed up just why Mark Clattenburg has taken the decision to move to pastures new.

            Mark Clattenburg – all you need to know

            Matches in 2016/17: 20 (10 on TV)
            Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 3
            Football League appointments in 2016/17: 0

            With absolute respect to both teams, the best official in the country needs to be taking charge of games of higher standing week in and week out.

            As it is, he’ll spend another 90 minutes as a Premier League ref tucked away out of sight at The Hawthorns. A punishment for his insouciance toward his employers? Very possibly.

            An odd side note is that he would end up here the week after his announcementto leave – the venue where he travelled home alone to get to an Ed Sheeran concert, breaking protocol.

            Tony Pulis has had his fair share of run ins with ‘Clatts’ but will surely be sorry to see him go. The visitors will expect a hard-line approach from the man in black when necessary, Albion bringing a more robust tone to the match.

            craig-pawsonCraig Pawson

            Watford v West Ham United
            25/02 - 17.30

            Assistants: J. Collin and I. Hussin
            Fourth official: G. Scott

            Craig Pawson takes charge of his first Watford game since their FA Cup semi-final defeat last season. That was one of three Hornets defeats he took charge of, so the hosts will be hoping for a change of luck with him in the middle here.

            Craig Pawson – all you need to know

            Matches in 2016/17: 17 (10 on TV)
            Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 11
            Football League appointments in 2016/17: 2

            He needs to be on point to convince Slaven Bilic that he’s up to the task after the Croatian blamed contentious refereeing for West Ham’s failure to get a victory over Arsenal last season.

            One of the steadier officials in the list, this game shouldn’t represent one that causes him too many problems.

            Graham Scott will have his hands full on the touchline as Bilic in particular prowls his technical area with intent.

            Jonathan MossJonathan Moss

            Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
            26/02 - 13.30

            Assistants: E. Smart and A. Halliday
            Fourth official: P. Tierney

            One of the quickest teams in the league on the break, who can traverse from front to back in the blink of an eye….officiated by Jon Moss, just about the slowest referee that PGMOL have to offer.

            Jonathan Moss – all you need to know

            Matches in 2016/17: 18 (7 on TV)
            Fourth official appointments in 2016/17: 13
            Football League appointments in 2016/17: 2

            If there’s not any egg on faces after this one it’ll be one of the surprises of the season. The fact that the TV cameras will be at White Hart Lane too potentially adds to the embarrassment.

            This appointment clearly wasn’t thought through and those calling for Moss’ removal from the elite list may well have enough ammo at the end of this game to make his position untenable.

            YATR’s Keith Hackett said earlier in the season that “Moss is a referee who is a consistent bottom of the table performer. Every time he referees it’s a bit of a disaster.”

            Mark Hughes certainly isn’t a fan either and clashed with fourth official Moss earlier in the season after he was sent to the stand for allegedly swearing at Moss, something the Welshman denies.

            Michael OliverMichael Oliver

            Leicester City v Liverpool
            27/02 - 20.00

            Assistants: S. Beck and D. Cann
            Fourth official: P. Tierney

            Both teams have underperformed during 2016/17, though Leicester’s form is more troubling than their visitors.

            Coming off of the back of a gruelling Champions League encounter against Sevilla, the Foxes will have to be at their very best to beat Liverpool.

            It seems to be those types of games where the Reds have stumbled, so maybe there is life in the old dog yet.

            The patrons at the King Power Stadium have a huge part to play. Remember the atmosphere for this fixture last season when Jamie Vardy buried his volley from 30 yards.

            End to end fare will be expected so Oliver's positioning and dynamic sprinting will be tested here.

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              A sincere thank you to all those unsung heroes - the football groundstaff.

              During my era of refereeing from the 1960s to the 90s I can remember at this time of the season ploughing through muddy conditions and regularly being called in on Friday afternoon or early Saturday to inspect a pitch somewhere.

              Some of us can remember that muddy field where the great George Best weaved his way through the mud to pause on the goal line and then tap the ball into the back of the net.

              If you visit the National Football Museum in Manchester you will see that iconic photo of the great Sir Tom Finney creating a wall of water as he slides and attempts to pass the ball.

              Nowadays I am amazed how far playing surface technology has moved with vast sums of money spent on the structural make up of the field.

              Undersoil heating is taken for granted and in the middle of winter we see regular watering, even at half-time in some stadiums.

              Then we see the bank of high powered halogen lights being wheeled out to aid the growth of the grass which, at some grounds, is weaved in to blend with plastic artificial grass.

              The credit, however, must go to those unsung heroes, the groundstaff and the head groundsmen.

              Their hours of hard work and dedication produce a playing surface that enables those skilful players to demonstrate their technical skills - and there are fewer occasions when our weekend is disrupted by a cancellation.

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                It can be a lonely task to be the man out in the middle – so how much support should referees receive from the football authorities?

                Brazil’s new refereeing supremo seems content to hang them out to dry.  “After every game,” says Coronel Marcos Marinho, “we are going to put up on the site of the CBF (Brazil’s FA equivalent) videos of controversial moments, we’ll give our analysis, with the official position of the Referees Commission, and say if the decision was correct or not.”  This is a radical break with convention.

                Refereeing decisions are the target of complaints everywhere.  But the flood is especially big in Brazil – in part because of low job security for coaches and the fact that the position of club president is elected, so that playing to the gallery with conspiracy theories about refereeing never goes out of fashion.

                Coronel Marinho’s public trial by video runs the risk of legitimising these complaints – though the Coronel himself clearly believes that many of them have some foundation.

                “There are referees,” he says, “who have been in the system for ten years and are still making the same mistakes, even with training, orientation and evaluations.”

                And so changes will be made to this year’s national championship, which kicks off in May.  “We want to reduce the mistakes and have a more consistent criteria,” he says, justifying his option to create an elite squad of officials to take care of first and second division games.

                In the case of these top referees, the retirement age has been raised from 45 to 50, with the over-45s having to pass physical examinations in order to continue.  The maximum age for third and fourth division referees will be 42, and 40 for lower levels.  The obvious aim here is to renew from the bottom up, to clear out older officials who are not seen as top class and bring on the younger generation.

                The process of evaluation will also be tightened, with referees to receive a performance analysis 48 hours after the game.  “We’ll be looking at technical, tactical and disciplinary aspects, as well as what we call the content of the game, the emotional side, the personality of the ref and how he controls the match.”  That is not all.  “The referee will also receive a video of edited highlights of the key decisions, with comments on whether he got it right or wrong.”

                But it would appear that everyone else may have already seen this on the CBF website.  The doubt remains about whether public humiliation is the best way to improve long term results.  “You teach assistants and referees always to make the decision on what they see first,” said Marinho last year.  “If they start to think about what happened, they will start to make mistakes.”  But might the awareness of public judgement make them a little scared to trust their instincts?

                  Alan Biggs is joined by former referee Dean Mohareb and Premier League winner Chris Sutton to discuss all the action from the weekend's football. Joey Barton is in discussion after an incident in the FA Cup where Lincoln City provided the big upset of the 5th round. Also in discussion is Mark Clattenburg's exit from the Premier League. Widely regarded as the world's best, he has moved on to Saudi Arabia and the panel give their reaction. And with his departure, comes the promotion of three officials from the Select Group 2....

                    Author: Alan Biggs

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                    English refereeing chiefs are under pressure to combat a crisis with a “transfer market” for referees potentially forcing them to look abroad.

                    It is a predictable scenario long foreseen by You Are The Ref experts. Professional Game Match Officials are having to wake up to the threat - but will it be too late?

                    Certainly, the drain of English talent from the Premier League shows no sign of slowing with Michael Oliver touted for a switch to Major League Soccer in America following Mark Clattenburg’s move to Saudi Arabia.

                    Keith Hackett, who once tried to lure Pierluigi Collina to England, believes PGMOL will have to “go into the market” amid the depletion of the Select Group which he feels has only around five referees of consistently reliable standard in the top flight.

                    The organisation may first have to conduct an emergency review of a modest pay structure which has already cost them its top official and makes them vulnerable to having more lured overseas.

                    Select Group referees are understood to be on a basic of around £100,000 a year. With international commitments on top, Clattenburg was thought to be earning in the region of £200,000.

                    The Saudi Football Federation has clearly topped that figure by some distance. Speculation suggests Clattenburg is earning at least £500,000 in becoming Saudi’s refereeing chief.

                    For a referee at just 41 years of age and at his peak, Clattenburg’s departure represents a huge blow for the Premier League, just as Howard Webb’s retirement at 43 had been equally damaging.

                    Imagine the fall-out if Oliver, rapidly developing into one of the world’s best,  were to be lost at 31. Fortunately for PGMOL, there is a strong union influence on MLS referees which would make such a move highly unlikely and it is extremely doubtful that the PRO organisation are actually pursing Oliver.

                    However, approaches from across the globe are more probable than possible.  It is a nightmarish scenario that PGMOL has to react to if standards of officiating, already a subject of some concern, are not to plummet further.

                    Hackett, England’s former head of referees, said: “It is not being wise after the event to say urgent action is required. My colleagues and myself have been pointing to the danger for a long time now.

                    “PGMOL have tended not to allow their referees to officiate prestige one-off matches around the globe and you can now see how short-sighted that policy has been. There is now a global market for referees, just as with players.

                    “It is not a threat. That is the reality. In any walk of life, and certainly in sport, the top talent is much sought after and in football it attracts big money offers.

                    “Clearly, the pay ceiling in the Premier League is too low. It has to be increased as a starting point.”

                    This and other pressing issues will be discussed on this week’s Ref Show featuring Chris Sutton and former referee Dean Mohareb.

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