New Premier League referee plans to have big impact on Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham
Premier League referees could soon train daily with clubs in a change that could have a significant impact on Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham.
Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick is believed to be the mastermind behind the idea, raising it during a conference between club managers and Mike Riley, saying it could improve relations between clubs and officials and enable players to get to know them better. This is a plan currently being considered by the PGMOL, according to Mail Online.
Other topics on the agenda included the appointment of dedicated and specially trained VAR officials as well as the use of linesmen’s late flags. Burnley manager Sean Dyche has also raised concerns that not enough is being done to eradicate diving in the modern game.
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But it’s how referees train before the matchday that is likely to have the biggest impact on clubs going forward. Although the finer details of the plans have yet to be released, the report suggests it could involve officials taking charge of practice matches.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is one of many to express his dissatisfaction with the refereeing performance this season. After Gabriel Martinelli was controversially sent off for two bookable offenses in the same spell against Wolves – the 15th red card of the Spaniard’s reign – he suggested he would meet for private talks over some of the decisions they have faced this season.
“You ask me if I’m happy with the decisions we’ve made this season – I’m not at all,” Arteta said after the incident. “But this is a conversation I will have with the officials in private. We need an explanation. We need an explanation for what happened with VAR and I need an explanation for this. that happened today. [Those conversations] will arrive soon.