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Eugene McGee: Assessors' ticking boxes only undermine referees

Published 28/11/2011 | 05:00

One of the great mysteries of our time is what exactly it is 'referee assessors' do. Like most people, I do not know who they are, what their terms of reference are, how they go about their business, who appoints them, what they actually assess, or what action they take, if any, as a result of their deliberations?

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We do know there are assessors at most inter-county games, that they have a score-sheet type document in which they are supposed to tick a large number of boxes. We know that because we have seen some of these people in prominent places, such as press boxes, taking notes, etc, and it has dawned upon us that they must be referee assessors.

Assessors have been in place for five or six years and most are said to be former referees. They have emerged as pivotal figures in the refereeing business and have been the subject of some strong criticism by current inter-county managers.

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