Imagine volunteering for an hour only to disappoint everyone? Fancy giving up part of your weekend knowing you were going
Whilst I am not what could be described as a follower of rugby union, the upcoming six nations tournament will be launched with predictable fanfare and, in all fairness, large crowds and high levels of public interest.
About three weeks ago, the name of English football referee Mike Dean was splashed across the back pages of the papers. He had made two contentious decisions in two televised games resulting in the scorn of the pundits being poured upon him. He is, apparently, arrogant and attention seeking. He also apparently wants to be a celebrity.
The notion of using technology to aid referees in their decision making actually appears to have first originated in Canada before making its way into the American sports. When Channel 4 brought American Football to UK screens in the eighties, British audiences got their first taste of the use of videos to review decisions made on a field of play.
Over the pond, video replays are used to assist official's decisions in basketball, ice hockey and baseball. So someone please tell me why the suits over at football HQ haven't given it the green light yet? The sooner we get them in, the better and fairer the game will be.
The beautiful game needs to take a long, hard look at itself and reassess the way that it treats and responds to match officials. Everyone involved in the game, including professionals, need to teach the youth of today that are learning the game to respect those officiating.
If the mistakes are so easy and quick to spot by camera, why not do that? There is the age-old complaint that adding another stage to the decision making process will disrupt the flow of the game, but surely a delay of a couple of seconds would be preferable to a farce like the Mexico game?
In the aftermath of a weekend which saw two game-changing penalties incorrectly given in the Swansea/Stoke clash and the Chelsea/West Brom match and a red card worthy tackle not punished in the Sunderland/Man City game, is it now time that referees are made to wear head-cams during the matches so we can see what they've seen of an incident?
The biggest problem is the ignorance referees display when defending their colleagues in the heat of high-profile mistakes. 'Refs are only human' is a common response, rather than trying to come up with ideas to aid the officials in the future.
A good referee, the cliché reminds us, is one who goes unnoticed. Unfortunately, the Premier League's referees are gifted