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Poll Result Suggests UK Referees Have Performed Poorly

Poll Result Suggests UK Referees Have Performed Poorly

If you watch football on a regular basis then you will know that referees are prone to making mistakes. After all they are only human.

But if one doesn't learn from your mistakes, similar to life in general then it's highly likely you'll remain stagnant and in the end, look like a fool.

It is very easy to blame officials, especially if your team ends up losing the game on a dodgy decision. And so, as the English domestic 2016/17 season draws to a close we at Vital England asked the following, via our front page poll question.

How would you rate this season's UK referee's overall performances?

Here is the result, in descending order:

Below par 38%
Good 30%
Average 15%
Very good 7%
Abysmal 7%
Excellent 3%

We have lived in a 'blame game' for years, but with 38% of the vote going to the 'below par' suggestion then I'm sure you'll agree that most of the top officials within the English footballing structure should 'up their game'.

Talking of top officials...

Did you hear that FIFA listed and well respected Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg handed in his notice in February?

Clattenburg, 42, has accepted the offer to take up the position of Saudi Arabia Football Federation's head of refereeing and at the same time rake in an estimated £500,000 a year salary.

Originally from County Durham Mark has officiated at the very highest level, including the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final and the UEFA Euro 2016 Final. He has also refereed the FIFA Men's Olympic Football Tournament Final and FIFA World Cup matches.

If Mark has decided to leave the UK I wonder if others are considering something similar.

On the flipside...

Should the FA allow referees to come over from overseas and take charge of top-flight games?

I wonder.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Cresswell
Date:Thursday May 4 2017
Time: 10:31AM

Comments

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No look at the refs in the Champions league ?, no better than ours. Besides that i am curious why United get away with so many off side calls , Spurs get away no cards and are free to foul with impunity, both clubs encourage diving and get away with it, Spurs get awarded so many penalties . Chelsea,Everton and Arsenal players get cards for stepping on the pitch .
Michael Reid
04/05/2017 15:50:00
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I see and understand what you say Michael. I could have written a 10-page essay on this subject but thought i'd keep the article short and sweat.
cresswell
04/05/2017 16:15:00
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