Tony Pulis may well have stumbled upon a very good solution to the seemingly worsening standard of officiating.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has advocated the introduction of a relegation system for referees to stop poor decisions.
Pulis was angry Stoke were denied a penalty on Saturday when Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole appeared to handle Kenwyne Jones’ header on the goal-line.
And he told BBC Radio 5 live: “Every club should have one vote [annually] and mark referees after every game.
“Then they have a chance of being relegated to the Championship. It would be a great system.”
Pulis said that after the game at the Stadium of Light, which Stoke lost 2-0, his players were totally despondent after they felt they were on the wrong end of another example of bad refereeing.
During Stoke’s previous Premier League game against Everton, which the Potters lost 1-0, Tuncay had a goal disallowed for a push on Leighton Baines with the score at 0-0 – a decision Pulis, at the time, called “very, very poor”.
Pulis added: “People say you can’t help certain officials being a little biased towards bigger clubs. They don’t go out with it in their minds but they tend to do it.”
As well as seeing the worst-performing referees from the Premier League going down, Pulis would like to see the top-performing Championship officials promoted.
He said: “If the top three [referees] in the Championship got the opportunity to work at the top level, I think it would certainly clear a few referees’ minds.” (BBC Sport)
Given that a poor refereeing decision can effectively lead to a team being relegated and indeed to a manager getting the sack, it seems the idea of having some sort of league table for referees on the face of it, is a decent idea. You could get each manager to score a referee on every match they officiate on and then simply have a league table that results in the worst offenders being relegated to cover other matches, although this does imply that lower league football deserves to have the worst officials in charge, other than that it seems a solid idea.
The league table does not need to be made public knowledge, although it would be fun if it was, and could help separate the wheat from the chaff. Thoughts?