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Linfield plea for IFA to raise referee standards

 

By Staff Reporter

Linfield have called on the Irish FA to take urgent steps to improve the standard of refereeing in the Danske Bank Premiership.

The Blues have demanded a full review of refereeing following their controversial League Cup defeat by Crusaders on Wednesday.

Linfield ace Mark Stafford was sent off after referee Raymond Hetherington reversed his decision to dismiss Crusaders midfielder David Cushley, however the Blues have said the defender's red card has now been rescinded.

Feeling that refereeing decisions at Coleraine, Ballinamallard and Crusaders have gone against the club this season, the Blues stated: "Linfield Football Club calls on the IFA's Referee's Committee to urgently examine these incidents and to ensure that those involved are held to account for their actions.

"We further suggest a full review of refereeing be carried out by the IFA in order to put clearly needed plans in place to improve the quality for the future.

"This will require a significant financial investment to deliver the required outcomes."

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