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FIFA executive Boyce: Premier League refereeing standards not good enough

FIFA executive Jim Boyce has hit out at the standard of referring in the Barclays Premier League.

The chairman of FIFA's referees committee has suggested that the match officials in England's top flight have fallen behind the game in recent times and has urged things to improve.

"I have watched many games in the Premier League this season and I have to say I think the standard is not as good as, perhaps, it should be." Boyce told Sky Sports News HQ in Zurich.

"I think there are far too many, what I would call, poor decisions being made. Every week you see the analysts discussing all the refereeing blunders that appear to be made.

"Refereeing is a very, very difficult job. They can only give what they see but I think there has to be much more training given, not only to the referees, but to the assistant referees as well. It's a very high profile game now.

"There is a lot of money at stake. There are manager careers at stake. We have to try and get more decisions right. Overall I don't think it has been as good as it has been in the past."

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