It seems easier to improve
refereeing by adding referees with particular tasks and by modifying the
rules, make them more precise, more distinctive and less injust. In a 1-0
match, a penalty means more than in a 5-4 match. Do you have to have a
penalty for each foul in the box? Do you have to get goal-keepers punished
terribly, maybe losing their place in the goal, when they arrive to late
and hit an attacking running into direction of the goal, who of couse does
not too much to avoid contact. he receives the red card, gets banned for
matches. But the attacking team does not get its advantage. Here a penalty
was logical. Changing the rule a bit, that more goals can be scored early
without the help of mistakes or penalties might help as well. All those
ideas have to be discussed.
Anyway, to FIFA, video refereeing
as well as more referees bare another problem:
FIFA and most associations
want to keep the football as one thing, with the same rules for everybody.
On the other side, especially in Europe, a part of this football world
has become huge commercial enterprises with shareholders and financial
interests. If you want to keep this world inside of football, you will
have to recognise that those powers do not want the huge influence of refereeing.
Still you cannot go to a normal court after a match. Belonging to FIFA
means, you have to appeal to an associations court otherwise you are kicked
out of FIFA. But Nottinghams attempt to sue Anderlecht for Millions because
Anderlecht had bribed the referee in a European Cup match is only a sign.
Shareholders, owners could sue referees years later for making crucial
mistakes and referees could become exposed like surgeons. FIFA could try
to stop them, but it was another danger of powers developing that want
to break away from the Association football system and found a commercial
enterprise league. Anyway it is totaly unsatisfactory that so much of a
match decision lies in the hands of a person who is the best when he is
not noticed at all.
By the way: the referee job is one
of the tougher ones from psychololigal and physical point of view. Is there
a drug test for referees?
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