Referees will be equipped with microphones to explain decisions in Ligue 1 – Get French Football News

The president of the French Football Federation Philippe Diallo has confirmed that referees will be equipped with microphones starting next season. French refereeing has been in the spotlight this season with multiple clubs complaining about unexplained decisions as well as the implementation of VAR. 

In March, this saw Stéphane Lannoy the head of French referees sacked by the federation due to various complaints about his management, in particular the amount of technical errors that were being performed on his watch. While his successor, Antony Gautier, was only in the post for a week before receiving a letter signed by all the Ligue 1 clubs – excluding RC Strasbourg Alsace – calling for his head to roll. 

It is clear that something had to change and the federation has been open about trialling microphones to explain contentious decisions, and it now appears as if this change will take shape in Ligue 1. As Diallo explained last night at the UNFP awards, “It’s an important development in the game. It’ll allow better communication with the public, to better understand decisions… to have a better dialogue with the referees, the players, to have much more fluidity, much more playing time and many more smiles on the field.” 

GFFN | Nick Hartland

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