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Hanging Judge: Referees are becoming personalities, and I think it’s wrong

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If you read the body language from other referees around the world and compare it with the PL, it’s not very difficult to see the difference.  Their actions when signalling using their arms to show infractions and decision-giving is sometimes overexaggerated to bring unnecessary and unwarranted attention to themselves. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
If you read the body language from other referees around the world and compare it with the PL, it’s not very difficult to see the difference. Their actions when signalling using their arms to show infractions and decision-giving is sometimes overexaggerated to bring unnecessary and unwarranted attention to themselves. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

There’s an old saying that I’m sure you’ve heard: “The best referees are never heard or seen.” I’ve heard that uttered countless times.

I’m not entirely supportive of such a narrative. I’ve always likened referees to being reactionaries because that’s what we do – we react. A situation arises and we react. Plain and simple.

We should never prejudge or try to predict what is about to happen, because that is prejudging.

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