Ange Postecoglou admits behaviour to referees must improve

Ange Postecoglou admits players and managers MUST improve behaviour towards referees, as the Tottenham boss reveals he was ’embarrassed’ after being booked against Chelsea

  • Postecoglou believes introducing VAR has diminished the role of referees 
  • Mail Sport has launched a campaign to stamp out referee abuse at all levels
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Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou says attitudes and behaviour towards referees in the top flight need to improve.

Postecoglou was booked for the first time in his managerial career as his Spurs team lost at home to Chelsea earlier this month. Asked last night if players and managers must do better, Postecoglou told Mail Sport: ‘Yes, 100 per cent. I was embarrassed for being booked, even if it wasn’t for abuse. It was for leaving the technical area.

‘Anyone who has been in the game any length of time will tell you we have all experienced a bad decision — something goes against us — and also benefited from it. We have understood that’s part of our game. That’s the beauty of our game. There are flaws in it because we are dealing with human beings.

‘If I take that another step back and think about the junior playground where young referees are trying to do it, what are they going to do and what are they going to see? ‘There does need to be some addressing of behaviour along the way. It’s easy for me to say but I have to live it and make sure I set that example.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou believes attitudes towards referees must improve

Postecoglou admits he was embarrassed after he was booked against Chelsea this month

Mail Sport has launched a campaign to stop the abuse of referees at all levels of the game

‘I am as competitive as anyone. I want to win. I hate it when a decision goes against me and it costs me a game. But at some point you have to respect the officials of the game. Otherwise, what’s the point?’


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Mail Sport today launches a campaign to bring back respect towards match officials at all levels. At the top level, Postecoglou feels the introduction of VAR has actually made things harder for referees.

‘I think VAR has played a role,’ he added. ‘We have diminished the role of the official, almost made their jobs impossible.

‘Now I am thinking about referees going out on to a field of play not having the authority they used to. Because every decision gets questioned.

‘Our game is now refereed externally. So as an official, how are you supposed to have any authority over the players?

‘We as managers have a responsibility to set an example.

‘More broadly, I don’t like where we are taking the game in terms of that part of it.’

The Tottenham boss believes the introduction of VAR has diminished the role of referees


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