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Fan's View Fan's View 22/23 - No.5 - Bristol Rovers away

I completely agree - but the fact is that they simply don't do it. What happened to the 'respect' thing when only the captain was allowed to approach the ref? It just got dropped. The experiment when dissent at a free kick saw it moved forwards 10 yards? Not implemented. We all moan about refs (with justification a lot of the time) but I think they do have a difficult job: maybe it is time to actually have proper, professional, full-time referees? Then the game might be able to recruit some ex pro footballers into the job - they would certainly be more aware of what's going on than some of the current crop?
It's like every ref is taken by surprise by shithousing teams - they need to be more streetwise!
 
Refs just need to be a lot tougher on this sort of thing, book the first guy who does it, complain to the manager at half time about ball boys, etc.

Exactly.

It's a cultural change but one which could be implemented.

State the law, make a few early examples, and away we go.

Let's have the same respect for the referee as there is in Cricket or Rugby while we're at it.

Easily achieved with the right backing.
 
Exactly.

It's a cultural change but one which could be implemented.

State the law, make a few early examples, and away we go.

Let's have the same respect for the referee as there is in Cricket or Rugby while we're at it.

Easily achieved with the right backing.
We need some 'hard refs' with tattoos who will stand up to Barton et al and their cheating players!
 
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