Keith Hackett will meet BBC radio and television journalists next week in an attempt to counter what is seen as an increase in official-bashing in Aunties output. Hackett, who is the professional referees’ chief, regularly talks to the LMA (League Managers Association) and PFA representatives before each season, and the decision to address broadcasters is an extension of his efforts to increase understanding of the match officials’ job.
The BBC is seen as a crucial opinion-former by the Premier League, which believes many supporters base their views of a referee’s performance on opinions aired by commentators on BBC Five Live, the 606 phone-in and Match of the Day. In my opinion, that is absolute guff.
If the BBC form any opinion from fans, then it’s this. That most of their pundits are absolute fools and that their commentators are nearly as bad. Motty (bless ‘im) is usually about 20 seconds behind play (I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve screamed ‘about bloody time Motson!’ at the telly). Jonathon Pearce is garbage and tabloid-esque in his approach to any kind of