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PFA and LMA want official complaints procedure on refereeing decisions

Clubs, managers and players should have a formalised complaints procedure for refereeing decisions, according to a report produced by the League Managers Association and the Professional Footballers Association. The two bodies have published a number of recommendations which have been delivered to the FA.

They include appointing a director of professional referee training and the introduction of a referee academy.

Brentford's non-executive chairman Greg Dyke, who led the working party, said, "The LMA and the PFA have brought together a wealth of football knowledge and experience with the single objective of improving refereeing standards in the professional game.

"Our research was extensive and the working party's recommendations are both thorough and considered.

"I have been impressed with the willingness of managers and players to focus on developing a unified set of constructive recommendations.

"However, an overall improvement in the quality of referee decision-making can only be delivered if all stakeholders are prepared to address the shortcomings in current systems and processes."

LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson added: "Football has changed and developed enormously over recent years and the job of the referee has become an increasingly difficult one.

"The game is quicker, players are fitter and more skilful, there is a more scientific approach to player development and advances in technology allow every element of a game to be analysed.

"Given this backdrop, we want to work with the professional officials to ensure that the highest possible standards are achieved."

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