Silence is golden
As the fallout from Nani’s controversial goal against Tottenham continues, we’ve again heard calls for referees to speak to the media after matches.
This, we’re told, will end the furore that follows the flash points in games – why was a player sent off, why was a goal disallowed, why wasn’t offside given? Refs should come out and justify their decisions. It’ll result in referees having more respect from fans, players and managers.
Will it balls.
If that were the case it would have happened by now. I can’t imagine the FA are too bothered one way or another. But they’ve clearly been given the message by the Referees Association that this is not wanted. And I can completely understand why.
Imagine, for a moment, one of these post match interviews. The referee is wheeled out in front of a reporter who’s had the benefit of a dozen replays from four different angles. The referee tells us he gave the penalty for handball. The reporter tells him the handball actually took place outside the box.
The referee is then asked about the sending off resulting from two yellow cards. The second tackle he’s told: “Didn’t look that bad.” The referee says he thought it merited a second yellow. The reporter says a later tackle was worse and went unpunished. The referee says he didn’t think the tackle was as bad. And besides he didn’t have the best view.
No wonder the officials don’t want to speak to the media. All it would do is compound their errors whilst fans learn little of value about the incidents.
So referees will continue to remain silent. For as the saying goes, better for people to think you’re a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt.