Referees could start training with Premier League clubs next season after Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick offered PGMOL
Referees could start training with clubs thanks to an idea put forward by Manchester United caretaker manager Ralf Rangnick.
There are concerns about the performance of Premier League officials and Rangnick reportedly suggested that relations between players and officials could be improved if referees visited the training grounds of top flight clubs.
the Daily mail reports that the German said at a recent managerial summit with Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) Managing Director Mike Riley that officials should train with clubs to let players know them rather than to see them only during matches.
The report adds that Rangnick’s idea has been well received, with each club agreeing to referees having access to Premier League clubs’ elite facilities.
It is understood that Rangnick’s proposal is being considered by the PGMOL and it could happen as early as next season.
Details are yet to be worked out, but it is believed the move would allow officials to use club facilities and could even be allowed to take charge of training matches as part of a bid to better understand the role.
Insiders have told the Mail that the summit has been “surprisingly good-natured” despite fears it could become heated due to a number of controversial decisions this season.
However, concerns have also been expressed. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, Everton manager Frank Lampard, Norwich’s Dean Smith, Brighton’s Graham Potter and Rangnick have highlighted the need for dedicated VAR officers. We understand that they want to see intensive training and that those with the right skills are selected to make the system work.
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The need to review the ‘clear and obvious’ terminology used by VAR was also discussed.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche, a leading diving critic, reportedly claimed officials were not following the laws of the game when it came to simulation.
The report adds that the clubs have also demanded an explanation regarding officials’ practice of delaying offside flags, with Riley keen to reduce the number.
Meanwhile, Smith and Lampard have declared their desire to speak to the referees after games and have been told the traditional opportunity to discuss the game with the official 30 minutes after the final whistle will be reinstated as part of the return. to post-COVID normality.
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