Ralf Rangnick Proposes Referees Train With Premier League Clubs, It Could Genuinely Happen Next Season
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Referees are set to train with Premier League clubs from next season in a bid to improve relationships with players.
The proposal has been put forward by Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who said officials should train with clubs to get to know the players.
It comes after concerns have been raised regarding the level of officiating in England's top flight.
The German made the suggestion at a summit which involved managers and Mike Riley.
He believes that the relationship between players and referees could be improved if officials train alongside the stars of the league.
According to the Daily Mail, Rangnick's idea was received well among rival managers, who agreed that referees should be given access to high-level facilities at clubs around England.
Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) are now looking into Rangnick's proposal and it could come into play as soon as next season.
At this early stage, details are still unknown but if the move does get approved, the report adds that officials will be permitted to use the facilities at clubs and could even referee training ground matches.
The idea is to build a better understanding of the role and allowing referees into training grounds will help them get to know the players and potentially break down negative preconceptions.