Mike Jones had a poor game this weekend when refereeing Manchester City vs Newcastle but rather than facing any real punishment finds himself relegated to the Championship for a while.
Moves like this from the Premier League show a distinct lack of respect for the lower leagues and development of the game.
Jones will no doubt be put in charge of one of the Championship's high profile games this weekend and rather than having to re asses his refereeing skills, will have to deal with a completely different beast that is Championship refereeing.
By definition of being a league below the Championship is very different to the top flight and sees a much more aggressive and winner takes all attitude towards the game.
The influx of continental players has found the Premier League adapting to a fast paced league where crunching tackles like Yanga-Mbiwa’s are frowned upon, where as a crunching tackle from Michael brown is cheered wildly by Leeds fans despite them acknowledging the ageing midfielders skills elsewhere have somewhat diminished.
Refereeing between the leagues are entirely different thing and is not a correct punishment following a poor display in the prem.
Nothing against Mike Jones but following his performance in this weekend's game I wouldn’t want him anywhere near a Championship game involving my team and I'm sure many others would agree.
And this isn’t the first time Jones has been dropped to the Championship. He was dropped after the beach ball incident which cost Liverpool a win at Sunderland in 2009.
For me, referees who make mistakes should be sent on refresher courses or sit out a week.
If someone crashes a car or gets caught speeding, we don’t give them a less expensive more powerful car, they are expected to take a course in an attempt to improve their skills and abilities.
Referees currently cannot have their say something that also needs re-addressing.
In the NFL, referees explain their decision as they announce what has happened if a penalty is called, if referee’s were given their say after games it would help ease the animosity against them during games.
I don’t expect Mike Jones will get a great reception next time he takes to the pitch at St James’ park, something that could affect his decision making in that game also, thus having a knock on effect.
It must be hard to be a referee of a top sport, but their authorities are currently doing nothing to help them cope in a world where every fan wants you to make a call their way or you're vilified.
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