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Football can learn from rugby when it comes to refereeing

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Referees in the Premier League have a tough time officiating each week with every decision they give having the potential to upset thousands of onlooking fans.

As well as this, match officials that perform anonymously are seen to be having a good game which must make it difficult to stand out.

An independent panel of ex-referees will judge who gets the biggest games on each Premier League weekend and just one error can cost them the opportunity.

Football could learn a lot from rugby union for the way in which referees call the shots during a match.

In international rugby matches especially, it will be normal practice for a referee to have a microphone linked up so fans at home can understand exactly why the decision has been called.

The respect referees command in rugby is fantastic to see also as players sometimes twice the size of the man in charge will sprint back ten metres seconds after the whistle is blown.

If there is a problem, then only the captain will approach the match official to query the decision rather than most of the football team surrounding the referee.

The latest device to be used is the introduction of 'ref cam' - a small camera attached to the referee's chest shows those watching exactly what the referee can see when attempting to search for a rugby ball under a pile of bodies.

This could be incorporated in football by displaying to the television cameras why he could or could not see a decision.

Football has an unwillingness to introduce more and more technology into the game but the style of rugby refereeing is to be admired.

It is a fascinating thought to imagine a penalty being awarded which looked questionable only for the captain of the defending team to be told it was clearly handball and the images from 'ref cam' then supported the decision. 

Referees having cameras, microphones and respect would be welcome to the Premier League.

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