Calling Out The Refereeing Cabal
Fellow Sentinels, Celtic have made an announcement in the forthcoming AGM papers that paves the way to wider engagement with shareholders before and at AGMS. It provides an opportunity to address issues that might otherwise get lost on the day.
The announcement said.
To AGM 4th November, 2022 (11:30)
(Items to be submitted 24 hours earlier.)
“Shareholders are reminded that they can contact the Company at any time during the year with questions or suggestions via www.investorcentre.co.uk/eproxy. Further, shareholders are again welcome to submit questions in advance of the AGM via this email address, which the Board will endeavour to address at the AGM. “
This provides Sentinel Celts with the opportunity to present the following question asking Celtic to consider how referee standards in Scotland might be improved. It is an effort worth making and Celtic’s response will be interesting on a number of levels.
Sentinel Celts group (SC) ask that AGM consider the following as a means of addressing the ongoing issue of poor Refereeing standards in Scotland.
SC believe the existing model is damaging the quality and credibility of the game in Scotland. There are too many examples of poor decision-making to list here.
However, we believe that trust in our Refereeing Process Is at an all-time low. Despite some welcome recent successes in Europe, there remains a view that our football is lacking finesse. That skilful footballers are being intimidated, injured and lost to our game.
The SFA manage everything: Recruitment & Selection, Training & Development and allocation of fixtures, to Evaluating Performance and Reviewing Disciplinary Processes.
The SFA, even with VAR ,will be marking their own homework. Fans ( customers) feel there is no visible means to address inconsistencies and quality of service. There appears to be little or no accountability. They lack openness and which leaves them open to allegations of incompetence, or worse.
Our Aim is to explore viable options to improve the game we love.
We propose AGM appoint a Celtic official with prior knowledge of existing administration and processes. To explore options for change and seek expert advice and opinion to aid and inform on practical solutions.
We also engage with other clubs, and their fans, to establish if there is a broad consensus for change.
Ultimately, take proposals forward to SFA for consideration, and with enough votes, implementation.
SC recommend utilising The next Fans’ Forum #25 and form a Sub Group to discuss/debate feasibility of establishing SFA as a ‘Service’ to customers (SFAaaS):
A) SFA continue to:
• Recruit & Select Referees
• Train & Develop Referees
• Allocate matches to Referees.
B) Customer Service Panel (New and Independent of SFA run by member clubs Tbc)
– Evaluate Performance of Match Officials & publish ratings
• Manage Disciplinary Procedures & Appeals
• Manage VAR Service in liaison with English or European provider
• Manage Drug-testing of Match Officials & Players.
• Provide an Annual Report to SFA Clubs & Fans