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Michael O'Connor: 'More ex-players should go into refereeing'

Joe Jones

Michael O’Connor has called for more ex-players to go into refereeing after Notts County were knocked out of the League Two playoffs against Coventry City.

In the first leg at the Ricoh Arena, Matt Tootle was wrongly penalised for a foul on Tom Bayliss which saw Marc McNulty score a late penalty to earn Coventry a 1-1 draw.

And in the return leg at Meadow Lane, Jonathan Forte saw an equaliser wrongly chalked off for offside when the score was 2-1, while Maxime Biamou's third Sky Blues goal was offside.

“Forte was two yards onside, and there were two offsides for their third goal,” Notts captain O'Connor told the Nottingham Post.

“If the goal stands and it’s 2-2, they were gone. They were shot and I think we would have won the game.

“It’s easy looking back now saying this and that, but look at the penalty decision in the first game.

“It’s never a penalty. That’s three big decisions over two legs in a play-off semi-final.

“That’s not good enough. These are meant to be the best referees in the league.

“It’s hard being a referee, I get that. But people’s livelihoods are at stake.

“Do I think the scrutiny on the decision will make a difference next season? No.

“A lot of referees haven’t played the game before and that’s why more players at the end of their careers should officiate. They know the game better.”

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Totally agree great read @Joe Jones after the last season I think new refs and refs regulations should made. But they won’t allow ex players in case they take bribes etc which is bloody stupied. Not everyone is like that some ex players  want to improve the game. Needs sorting and ex players allowed to ref professionally 

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Ex players should but even this wouldn't improve the overall standing of how poor officials can be, this needs to be learned and it had to be started from the training given.

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