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90 Per Cent Of Fans Want Premier League Referees To Be Mic'd Up During Games

90 Per Cent Of Fans Want Premier League Referees To Be Mic'd Up During Games

Over 90 per cent of football fans are in favour of Premier League referees being mic'd up during games.

Recent incidents in the English top flight, namely Lee Mason disallowing Lewis Dunk's goal against West Brom and Stuart Attwell's decision to not award a penalty for Manchester United, have brought about discussions as to whether fans should be able to hear conversations between officials.

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SPORTbible decided to get an idea of where people stand on the matter and a poll on Twitter saw a very one-sided result.

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With over 14,000 votes cast, 90 per cent of fans voted 'Yes' for wanting refs mic'd up - with just 5.8 per cent opting for 'No'.

The feeling from many is that allowing further access to the match officials would give viewers a better understanding of why they made specific calls.

It's a point former Blackburn, Norwich and Celtic striker Chris Sutton made recently.

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"If they explain what they are seeing in real time then they'll get more sympathy," he said on BBC Radio 5 Live.

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"It'll clear things up - the viewers will see things through their eyes.

"If they were mic'd up and explained why they made the call then there would be a far better understanding. It will be a good thing and transform the game."

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Currently, broadcasters and commentators are privy to what is being said between the referee and those manning VAR at Stockley Park but fans are not.

A video of a referee mic'd up in Australia has been doing the rounds again and has those on these shores hoping the Premier League follows suit.

Jarred Gillett took charge of his 159th and final game in the A-League and all of his conversations with players and officials could be heard throughout,

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Not only did it provide a unique insight into his relationship with the players and how he spoke to them, it also gave further clarity on his decisions.

BT Sport, who broadcasted the fixture between Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar, posted footage.

Topics: Football, Premier League, VAR

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