Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis this morning insisted that the only way to improve the standard of Premier League refereeing is by threatening underperforming refs with a Stoke season ticket.
Pulis was reacting to a number of recent decisions which have gone against his side, and insisted that refs need to know that their poor decisions can have dire personal consequences.
Speaking to reporters, he said, “They’ll think twice about certain decisions if they know that getting it wrong could mean spending a few weekends at the Britannia stadium.”
“Let’s be honest here, this is about creating an effective deterrent, not punishment. I’m not a cruel man, and I don’t want to fill the stadium with crap refs, but we’ve got to do something.”
“As for Martin Atkinson – he is truly appalling – the only thing left to do is to give him a season ticket. I’d give him one of those 25-year debentures of I could.”
The proposals have gained support from other managers, and is set to be discussed by Premier League officials at their next board meeting.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp said the idea was ‘interesting’, adding, “For first offences maybe they should take a visit to St Andrews to watch Birmingham City – that should be enough of a wake up call for most refereress.”
“I’m in agreement in principle, but maybe going straight to Stoke comes under the heading ‘cruel and unusual punishment’?”
Graham Poll, one of the few people in the world who is despised less after becoming a Daily Mail columnist said, “Referees are normal people like you and me, and they fear a trip to Stoke like anyone else, but I’m not sure it’s the right thing to do.”
“Maybe if Sepp Blatter stopped dicking around and let us use some of the technology available to absolutely every other sport in the world, nobody would ever need to go to Stoke ever again?”