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1 February 2019

Skipper wants to see a fast-track system for ex-players to take the whistle

Luke Chambers wants to see an initiative brought in to allow ex-players to be fast-tracked into League referees.

Speaking in his column in the matchday programme for Saturday’s game against Sheffield Wednesday, the skipper is as straight-talking as ever.

“Look it’s a hard job referees have. Some of the rules we have in the game now, they don’t understand - and the players don’t understand either,” he said.

“There doesn’t seem to be any accountability for performances though. If I played like some of the refs we’ve had, I’d be dropped.

“I’d like to see a lot more players take up refereeing when they have finished. There should be a clear pathway for that to happen, so they can be fast-tracked.

“Players who have played the game at professional level for 15 years or so will have a real understanding of the game and that can only help when you are a referee.

“There might be an argument that they have an affinity with one or two clubs because they have played for them, well make sure they don’t referee those clubs. More players going into refereeing is the answer. There needs to be a big initiative to try and make that happen.”

There is more from Chambo is his column on officials, beating the drop and a plan of action for Blues. You won’t want to miss it.

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