Keane sceptical about ref talks

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Roy Keane is not convinced talks between referees and club managers will solve the current differences between the two groups.

The League Managers' Association are to arrange a meeting with referees' body the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) in an effort to revive the Football Association's 'Respect' campaign after a difficult few weeks.

But Keane, who is facing an FA charge of improper conduct following comments made to match official Martin Atkinson during the 5-0 defeat at Chelsea on November 1, said: "We should be trying to respect the referees anyway, we don't need a PR stunt to try to do that."

He added: "I know there was a meeting on Monday with the LMA and the managers - I declined the offer to go.

"It wasn't a great space, so I decided not to go after my disagreement with officials over the last few weeks.

"It is very difficult, I have to say, and the referees have got a difficult job. I have said that on more than one occasion. But this idea of sitting down and talking about it, I am not sure how much good it is going to do.

"But having said that, we have to keep trying to find a positive way of getting around it.

"Officials will always make mistakes and that has not been a problem. The problem I have had is the big mistakes always seem to go against us.

"Football is an emotional game, we shouldn't forget that, and we get frustrated with it."

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