Hackett wants better treatment for refs from BBC


19th, January 2007

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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

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  1. Graham Bunch says:

    Whatever the individual views of the above, one thing is for certain,the general consensus up and down the country that MIKE RILEY,of Leeds,is most definitely not Premier League standard. He so consistently has indifferent games and all too often is lulled into wrong decisions, quite often by England players. As was the case yesterday,11th August 2007, at Villa Park, when he was conned by Steven Gerrard of Liverpool, who is a master at it together with his sulks when events do not go his way.