- Aug 26, 2014
Reffing a game effectively is about more than a collection of decisions, it is about being in control, and, possibly even more importantly, being perceived to be in control. Players will cut you slack for getting something wrong if they otherwise trust you. If they dont trust you they will start feeling aggrieved even over "correct" decisions, and that is a positive feedback loop. So as someone who plated at a high level, and, unfortunately, many many times with refs who did not deserve to be on the same pitch as us, if you tell me we have a ref who is going to give me a yellow card for something he thought was a fair tackle after only a word or two in his ear from the lino, then that is not someone you're going to trust. Importantly, we're not talking a clear issue here - he thought a goal kick and then gave a corner on his lino's instruction. We're talking about the ref outsourcing his subjective judgement without the need for conversation.