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Keith Hackett: Referees are the worst that we have seen

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Keith Hackett: Referees are the worst that we have seen

Post by Green Villan on Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:22 pm

Keith Hackett: Referees are the worst that we have seen

FORMER referees' chief Keith Hackett has called for current boss Mike Riley to be removed from his position with Professional Game Match Officials Limited and labelled the current crop of officials as the "worst that we have seen".

Ex-chief Keith Hackett wants overhaul of referees

Hackett, who was succeeded at PGMOL by Riley in 2010, has also called for referees Mike Jones, Andre Marriner, Lee Mason and Chris Foy to be stood down at the end of the season while also calling for Lee Probert to lose his position should he fail a fitness test.

Writing on his 'You are the ref' blog, Hackett has called for wide-ranging action to change PGMOL, with the first course of action to "dispense with the services of the current PGMOL General Manager".

"One thing is certain: Professional Game Match Officials Limited cannot continue without a fundamental review of its operations," he wrote.

And Hackett agrees with former referee Graham Poll's scathing opinion that performances have been reached a new low.

"This season we have all witnessed many disastrous performances and big game-changing errors," added Hackett. "I share the view of one former top referee that the current group of professional referees is the worst that we have seen.

"The latest big game decision error was the stupid dismissal of Wayne Routledge of Swansea City who himself was on the receiving end of a reckless challenge."

Routledge's red card, which was shown by Anthony Taylor who was not on Hackett's list for the chop, was later overturned by the FA.

But referees chiefs are insistent match officials' standards have never been so good despite stinging criticism from Hackett.

PGMOL would not respond directly but released statistics showing standards had improved in every available measure in the five years since Hackett left the organisation. These include accuracy on major decisions, up to 95 per cent from 94.1 per cent.


I'd like to buy Keith a pint!
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Re: Keith Hackett: Referees are the worst that we have seen

Post by kimbo on Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:06 am

Me too GV, me too.

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