Leeds United: Referees must speak out - Ormsby

Max Gradel gets a red card from referee Anthony Taylor.
Max Gradel gets a red card from referee Anthony Taylor.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan.

I thought the referee’s display last Saturday was shocking – three sent off and there wasn’t a bad tackle in the game. Have you any horror memories of referees?

PUDSEY WHITE

I’ve been lucky not to get sent off a few times. In my day, refs were more lenient and I don’t think they had any cards!

Today, players of that time would have been walking all the time. Football’s a non-contact sport now.

I think what annoys most people about refs are the inconsistencies. The FA give all these things about respect for refs and you do have to give them it, it’s a hard job.

Refs only have a split second to make a decision. But I did catch some of the footage of the sendings off last Saturday and Jonny Howson’s and the Middlesbrough lad’s looked harsh.

Saturday showed for me that refs need to speak to the media after games and explain decisions. In our day the referee used to come into the players’ lounge after the game and have a drink. Then you could have a chat with them and often a laugh and a joke.

These days, refs are chauffeured into the ground in their car, security grab hold of them straight away and they are taken to the changing room and then taken away after the game.

Going on TV and explaining decisions would help – although it won’t happen.

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