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LMA call meeting to discuss refereeing standards

The League Managers Association have called a meeting to discuss ways in which refereeing standards can be improved, reports The Independent. Chief executive Richard Bevan has arranged the gathering which will involve managers from the Barclays Premier League, the Coca-Cola Championship and Leagues One and Two.

Bevan said: "The LMA has organised this debate to generate proposals that will improve refereeing standards in all professional leagues.

"Our members have unrivalled depth of knowledge, experience and expertise and we are going to harness that for the benefit of the game.

"Managers have sympathy for match officials, who are doing a tough job in often difficult circumstances, and they genuinely want to explore ideas that bring improvement in the way games are refereed.

"We will present our recommendations to the FA and the PGMOL with the intention of stimulating discussion that drives football forward in a positive way.

"The large number of managers who are planning to attend, from right across the four top leagues, is an indication of both the depth of feeling on refereeing issues and their strong desire to offer ideas and be a part of the solution."

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