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Ref Bennett doesn't want post-match interviews

Steve Bennett does not see any benefit in asking referees to attend post-game press conferences.

A number of leading figures in the game have called on referees to come out after matches and give their opinions on controversial incidents during games.

Bennett is of the opinion that his fellow referees much prefer to focus on their duties on the field and allow players and managers to hog the spotlight.

"We have done the game and know what we have done and called it as we have seen it," Bennett told Setanta Sports News. "You can analyse it all day long and I don't think there is a need for referees to go and have a press conference or things like that.

"I don't think we need that situation, we don't want to have that big highlight.

. Let the managers and the players do that. We just want to do our game and come away.

"You hear the old adage 'a referee goes out and does his game and you don't know he's there'. That's okay to a degree, but that does not always ring true.

"You just do your job, come away and we know what we have done and that is the important thing."

Bennett believes the game would improve if players were educated on the rules of the game.

He added: "I think the laws of the game are great at the moment. If the players played football all the time every game, we would not have any problems. But there are players who do not know the laws of the game and you hear experts who quote laws so incorrectly it is unbelievable.

"We have to accept that, but for us we try to go and talk to clubs and we are learning all the time.

"We want to get the big decisions right and that's what we strive to do week in and week out."

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