VCD Athletic boss Keith McMahon calls for The FA to invest in non-league referees'

Monday 28th January 2019

VCD ATHLETIC manager Keith McMahon has launched a campaign for The Football Association to invest money to improve the standards of refereeing in the non-league game.

McMahon was furious during the post-match press conference following his club’s 2-2 home draw against Hythe Town in the Bostik South East Division at the weekend.

McMahon has voiced his concerns over the poor standards in the Isthmian League this season and wants The Football Association to put money into the non-league game to improve standards.

“I want The FA to invest money into non-league referees,” said McMahon, who said at the weekend that he wants each County FA to receive £1,000,000.

“The standard of referees at non-league level isn’t up to standard and I don’t think The FA are helping referees’ out.

“I want them to create Referee Academies so young referee’s are given a two-year full-time paid training scheme.

“This should be rolled out to every County FA so that over 200 referee’s are given this opportunity every two years.

“I want every County to have 21 referees that are split into seven teams of three.  Each team would have matches that they have filmed and they would come back each week and go through the good points and mistakes and then go onto the pitch with the other 18 referees and re-enact the incidents practically.

“Also, I want them to set-up paid weekly training for established referee’s at non-league level so they can go to their County and have practical training.

“I want non-league managers, players, clubs, supporters, referees and League’s themselves to support this to make a change.  Only we can make the difference to make The FA give non-league football the respect it deserves.”

McMahon has set-up a petition for you to sign, here: