The chief football writer of The Times newspaper, Henry Winter, has reported that explanations of their match decisions will be offered up by Premier League referees within 30 minutes of the final whistle.
This comes in the wake of the bizarre refereeing display by Jon Moss in the game between Leicester City and West Ham United.
Winter says the Premier League were planning this change from next season long before this incident. The officials will first have to agree to this Premier League plan. If they do go along with the plan then a representative of Professional Game Match Officials Limited will speak to the media on behalf of match referees.
It is something ex referee Mark Halsey has long called for and a subject he dealt with in his excellent book called Added Time. Here’s a brief excerpt of my longer interview with Halsey recorded in November 2013.
The publisher of that book was the experienced sports journalist Ian Ridley. He worked hard with Mark Halsey to get the controversial book into print. The Premier League and the referee’s governing body, the PGMOL, did everything they could to prevent Halsey’s book from being published.
Late in 2015 I sat down with Ian Ridley to discuss this very issue and I asked him if referees are better at their job today than was the case in decades past.