It’s hardly surprising that Alan Pardew is still a bit peeved that Newcastle were not playing against a 10 man Chelsea side after only 4 minutes last Saturday.
Mike Dean – referee made crucial error last Saturday after 4 minutes
David Luiz should have been sent of for bringing down Demba Ba when he was the last man for Chelsea, and that decision by Mike Dean arguably cost Newcastle all 3 points.
But Alan has come out today and said something that is very true – with the Premier League supposedly being the best football league in the world the referees and assistants have to become more professional and maybe work as teams, which they don’t do at the moment.
This is what Alan told the local press this morning:
“Referees do not have a unit which is like a team” “They should have a professional team. The referees are professional and the assistants should be professional.”
“That would help them to get to know each other’s game. They would know each other’s flaws.” “The funding for training is something like £30,000-a-year, come on.”
“Their whole budget, which includes travelling, is something like £8M, so why not? This is important for all clubs, not just us.”
“We keep saying this is the best league in the world. Let’s make it that and if we are going to make it that then let’s have the best refereeing system. I think we can.”
“I have no problems with referees. I think they are great and they should have more funding, that’s the point I’m making. They should have more funds to train.”
Even if the referees and assistants have to be paid more money, so they can concentrate more on their game, as Alan suggests, then that would be a decent use of funds.
After all, the Premier League is generating loads of money these days, with the games regularly being shown live and on tape-delay all around the world.
It’s a good point that Alan makes, but we wonder if these types off suggestions fall on deaf ears at the English FA?
What do you think?