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Let’s try and talk back to the referees and find solution to better officiating

Gareth McAuley


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Referee Darren England checks the VAR monitor for a penalty during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park

Referee Darren England checks the VAR monitor for a penalty during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park

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Tottenham's Harry Kane prepares to take a penalty but is then overruled by VAR

Tottenham's Harry Kane prepares to take a penalty but is then overruled by VAR

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Referee Darren England checks the VAR monitor for a penalty during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United at Selhurst Park

It’s only since I’ve retired that I’ve truly come to appreciate the level of commitment needed to be a referee.

As a player I had my fair share of run-ins with officials and I certainly wouldn’t have been their biggest fan. But I did accept that their decisions, no matter how controversial, were all part of the game.


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