Former Hibernian and Falkirk boss John Hughes believes the credibility of Scottish football is at stake if referees carry through proposed strike action. Hughes, said: "I'm hoping it doesn't go as far as that because it will make us the laughing stock of world football and we have to be promoting the Scottish game.
"It's about getting everyone together in the same room for the best of Scottish football, so you can see everyone's point of view."
Hughes, who lost his job as Hibs boss last month, added: "The game is in a little bit of chaos. It needs bringing together and I sympathise with the referees because they do get a hard time.
"But managers are also open to criticism, that is part and parcel of the job.
"Referees need to be accountable and there has to be more transparency in what goes on behind the doors at Hampden.
"But one thing I will say, if referees are getting phone calls to their home or work place, or their kids are getting a hard time at school, then that is not on, that is way below the belt.
"After all, it is just a sport."