The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Leicester City this midweek.
Bournemouth host Leicester City on Tuesday December 13 for the game at Dean Court and the match carries a 7.45pm kick off.
Referee: Paul Tierney
Linesmen: A Garratt and S Ledger
Fourth Official: A Marriner
Match Day referee Tierney has officiated 14 games in 2016/17, with a return of 53 yellow cards and two red cards.
His highest card count this season was seven yellows and one red in the game between Swindon and Oxford.
He took in 42 matches last season and in those games, across all competitions and football divisions, he handed out a total of 118 yellow cards and four red cards.
He was most card happy in the match between Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers on August 28 with a total of eight yellows being shown and one red card.
Let`s hope it`s not another repeat and more of our players edge closer to automatic bans.
Time for technology
I don’t think referee’s are up to the standard required today. I’m not having a go at referee’s, I accept they have a very difficult job, but such is the pace of the game today, due in part to fitter, more technical players, that I think it’s very difficult for referee’s to keep up. And I would put linesmen in this category too – being on the sidelines, it’s often difficult to get the decisions right.
I’m not suggesting there’s no place for referee’s, because there is. What I am suggesting is that the use of technology needs to be increased beyond just goal line technology. How many games have we seen this season, across all 4 divisions, where decisions that have been made inside the box that, with the benefit of replays, have materially affected a game – fouls, handballs, offsides, onsides etc.,These decisions are game changers, or have the potential to be game changers as a game goes on.
In the premiership in particular the margin between winning or losing has greatly reduced compared to 3/5 years ago, to the point that so many refereeing decisions are increasingly affecting the outcome of a game. I’m surprised that clubs, and premiership clubs in particular, haven’t got together to make representations to the football bodies in order to force the use of greater technology given that there is now so much at stake, especially commercially.
I wouldn’t advocate the use of technology throughout, just inside and possibly around the box. I know that the increased use of technology will not be popular with some fans but I would rather there be a 10 second delay in a game in order to ensure the right decision, rather than see referee mistakes shown time and time again post match and where the consequences of such decisions could have been avoided. – Join the conversation here.
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