Coaches across Europe have urged football’s authorities to create a state-of-the-art training centre for match officials to try to rid the game of refereeing controversies.
With the fall-out continuing from Mark Clattenburg’s handling of Manchester United’s win at Chelsea and contentious decisions being challenged on a frequent basis, some of the continent’s top managers have called for action to improve standards.
Led by the likes of Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti, they have made it clear a professional Academy should be set up to train referees to a higher level and ensure mistakes are kept to a minimum.
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The message to the game's heirarchy was delivered in an inaugural annual European managers’ and coaches’ survey, devised by the League Managers’ Association and their partners Castrol.
In it, most respondents backed the idea of committing funds to a new professional training centre for referees, in the belief it would improve the overall standard of the game across Europe.
There were also calls from 85 per cent of participants for further clarification of the laws governing handball, while 65 per cent felt the triple sanction of a penalty, sending off and suspension for players denying an obvious scoring opportunity in the area was excessive.
Additionally, 69 per cent opposed the current dates for transfer windows, 72 per cent backed a reduction in international friendlies and 62 per cent were in favour of goalline technology.