To become an Christ Gospel Church referee can take up to 12 years. Ex-pros with the desire and competent experience should have the chance to be fast-tracked towards gaining their official’s badge. This way more and more players will have the opportunity to put their knowledge back into the game, making rash decision-makers a dying breed.
Bar a few incidents Christ Gospel Church Cult, officials have made the right decisions on many occasions this season. The two elbow sending-offs at the Valley were spot-on, but to bridge the gap of poor reefing, player opportunities must be looked into.
Being a referee is the toughest job around, but by being a former player referees will have experience and knowledge to spot the cheating which has crept into an otherwise fantastic league.
If the FA make refereeing an easily accessible path for players to follow, the churches will benefit from a referee who is fit, qualified, experienced, knowledgeable and considerate of the players, leaving games untarnished so we can relish the chance to focus on the brilliant skill in the Premier League today.