Wednesday 25 January 2012
Football Association chairman David Bernstein has called for respect to be shown to match officials, saying it is wrong to question the integrity of referees.
With referees and officials coming under intense scrutiny, Bernstein has paid tribute to the work they do.
"We all have a duty to respect our referees, to question their integrity or imply anything other than total impartiality is reckless and unfounded," said Bernstein.
"It harms the perception and treatment of referees at every level of football, and we must not allow that climate to exist.
"Referees have only one live opportunity to make a judgement call on those instances that they see in a fast-paced game.
"They do not have the benefit of numerous camera angles and replays, they make these decisions with honesty and integrity."