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Referees should be made to face the cameras post-match

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Friend's decision to send Wes Brown off was baffling. (©GettyImages)
Friend's decision to send Wes Brown off was baffling. (©GettyImages).

Post-match interviews have become part and parcel of the game that is football.

Refereeing decisions have been probed for a while now with increasing scrutiny, thanks to the benefits of instant replays. It must be said that they make split-second decisions and they certainly do not have the luxury of seeing an incident over and over again.

However, some decisions are so baffling that it is hard to comprehend them.

Let's take yesterday for an example. Kevin Mirallas' tackle on Luis Suarez was shocking, and it's difficult to argue that it shouldn't have been a red card. Phil Dowd did not share such an opinion, awarding only a yellow card to the Belgian.

By presenting a yellow card he is admitting that he saw the offence.... so why did he not show a red?

In comparison, Wes Brown's perfectly good tackle against Stoke City was somehow deemed a sending off offence by the man in the middle, Kevin Friend.

Did he win the ball ? Yes. Did he catch Charlie Adam ? No. Forget it being a red card, it is hard to understand how it could even be considered a foul.

Now, I'm not saying that referees should never make a mistake. Errors are part of human nature and, bearing in mind the pressure that they can find themselves under, it would be unnatural if they didn't make them from time to time.

But it seems wrong that they should not have to explain to the rest of us their reasoning behind certain decisions. Let them watch it on replay before they have to speak, by all means, but make sure they do. 

It could be said that they shouldn't have to put up with the amount of abuse they sometimes receive, and that is a fair point. Death threats and disgusting insults are completely unacceptable and should be punished accordingly.

However maybe some people have such extreme opinions because they don't hear the referees' side of the story. By facing the camera, not only would they be pleasing the masses... they would also be helping themselves.

I don't expect this to happen any time soon though. It seems that it is a concept that it is a little to radical for the F.A. However, it seems to be an idea that is gathering pace and, hopefully, the footballing authorities will have no choice soon but to take it seriously.

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