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Twelve recently-retired professional footballers have reportedly signed-up to fast-track scheme to become referees.
Officiating at all levels of the game - but especially in the Premier League - has come under intense scrutiny following a succession of contentious decisions.
PGMOL boss Howard Webb, who was appointed as the body's first chief refereeing officer in August 2022, has sought to allay concerns by becoming a more visible presence, increasing communication with clubs and the public - in the form of his Match Officials: Mic’d Up show.
But a common criticism of officials that persists is their assumed lack of empathy which, according to many critics, causes them to make decisions by the letter of the law rather than with a feeling for match situation.
According to The Sun, this could all be about to change with an exciting new cohort of recruits that