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Ref revolution! Officials to train with top clubs next season

EXCLUSIVE: Referees will train with Premier League clubs from next season in a bid to improve relations with players… thanks to a proposal from Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick

  • Referees may soon start training with Premier League clubs and players
  • Ralf Rangnick said officials should train with clubs so players get to know them
  • The German suggested a summit between managers and Mike Riley
  • It is now being watched by PGMOL and could come into play starting next season
  • Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard led calls for dedicated VAR officers in the future

Referees could soon start training at clubs, thanks to a proposal from Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Amid concerns from top managers over the performance of officials, the German has suggested that the relationship between players and officials could be improved if the umpires on Premier League training grounds did their best with the stars.

Rangnick recently told a summit between managers and referee boss Mike Riley that officials should train with clubs so that players can get to know them, rather than just seeing them during matches.

Referees can start training with Premier League clubs and players after a recent summit

Referees can start training with Premier League clubs and players after a recent summit

Ralf Rangnick said officials should train with clubs so players can get to know them

Ralf Rangnick said officials should train with clubs so players can get to know them

And his view was supported by the rest of the room, who agreed that referees should be allowed access to the elite facilities of Premier League clubs.

Rangnick’s refereeing revolution is now being watched by refereeing body PGMOL and could come into play from next season.

While details have yet to be ironed out, such a move would allow officials to use clubs’ facilities, and could referee test matches as part of an effort to build a better understanding of the role.

Rangnick, who was in charge at Old Trafford before moving up at the end of the season, believes bringing players like Anthony Taylor, Michael Oliver and Kevin Friend to the club’s training ground would enable them to get to know players and possibly turn out negative. bias.

Rangnick says it would allow umpires to get to know players and break down prejudice

Rangnick says it would allow umpires to get to know players and break down prejudice

Insiders said the summit, spread over two days, was surprisingly benign after fears it could be tough due to a host of controversial decisions this season.

That said, several concerns were raised. Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Norwich’s Dean Smith, Everton’s Frank Lampard, Brighton’s Graham Potter and Rangnick all stressed the need for dedicated VAR officers. They want to see intensive training and people with the right skills being chosen to operate the system, questioning its performance.

The group added that the “clear and obvious” terminology surrounding the use of VAR is not helping and should be revised.

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche of Burnley, an often outspoken critic of diving, is said to have said that officials don’t apply the laws of the game when it comes to simulation, making the point that “you can’t tackle, but you can dive.” ‘.

Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard were among those calling for dedicated VAR officers

Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard were among those calling for dedicated VAR officers

Clubs also asked for an explanation of the controversial practice of officials delaying offside flags. Refs’ chief Riley said they wanted to reduce the number of cases of it.

Smith argued that the flag should be raised for obvious offside, while West Ham’s David Moyes was concerned about the second phase if a delayed flag led to a corner. Riley advised that in those cases the flag should always be raised if the assistant referee thinks it is offside.

Both Smith and Lampard expressed a desire to speak with umpires after the games and were told the traditional opportunity to discuss the game with the official 30 minutes after the final whistle will be reinstated as part of the post-Covid return to normality.

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