By Our Man In Black
ASSESSMENTS OF GAMES
According to the way the PGMO should be working each game in the PL should be assessed by the PGMO.
To put it bluntly, all PL matches are meant to be assessed by a panel of assessors every Monday. But rumour has it that this is not always happening. And if this is not the case then the PGMO is not doing their job. And if they are not following their own rules, what hope have we got for fair play on the pitch?
This is particularly worrying because the assessments of each referee’s performance are the base for the Referee’s Table of Merit and the Table of Merit is the league table for referees.
You’ll see where this is going. The whole referee system is interconnected and if you fail to perform one basic task, like assessing each referee in each match, then everything falls apart. The rumour is that it has already fallen apart.
It is like the Untold Arsenal referee league table which we created for last season. That was based on the Untold match reviews. The merit table should be based on the assessments from the PGMO.
But if you haven’t assessed every game then the merit table is just a farce.
Of course this is just a rumour we have heard. A rumour that could be contradicted by the PGMO. All they have to do is to open up and show the assessments of each game in the PL. That way every body would know that all the games are assessed or not.
But there is worse to come in terms of the rumours swishing around the Refsphere. Because one rumour we hear says that the assessments are not completely done in a fair way. There is a rumour that the points given to the refs are given in a way to make sure that the ones who are the big boys in the ref world score high numbers. And others score lower numbers.
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So all this time when we have been saying that the referees are making too many mistakes, and that these mistakes don’t “even out in the end” there was something else going on. As one source within the Refsphere put it, “the assessments and the marks given are a farce”.
In fact it is suggested that assessors were told who to give high numbers and who to give low numbers. And some who have refused to do this have been told to look elsewhere for employment. Toe the line or get the sack.
So if we understand it right the honest assessors who wanted to give the marks based on the ref performances in game are out. Gone. Vanished. Removed. Demoted. And the ones who will mark the refs according to how some in the PGMO or elsewhere want the merit table to look, are being kept.
Now of course the PGMO could deny this rumour. And they could show us that there is nothing wrong. They could show us the list of the match assessors from the last few seasons. And then we could see with our own eyes if they have ditched a few people or not. They could maybe add who assessed which games also. That way we could see how many games were assessed by how many assessors.
That’s all they have to do.
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