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PGMOL and FSA create new working group

Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) and the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) have strengthened their dialogue through the creation of a new working group.

The two bodies will now regularly discuss matters across all competitions PGMOL officials operate within courtesy of a ‘Refereeing Working Group’.

The evolving engagement demonstrates both organisations’ commitment to ongoing dialogue that creates a better understanding of officiating and explores ways in which fans can learn more about refereeing and decision-making.

The inaugural meeting will take place in early 2024 and a summary of each meeting will be published on the FSA website.

Attendees will be made up of the FSA’s Premier League, EFL and Women’s Game network personnel, fan representatives drawn from the FSA’s network of democratically structured trusts and supporter groups as well as senior figures from PGMOL.

Howard Webb, chief refereeing officer at PGMOL, said:

“This new working group has evolved naturally from positive dialogue with the FSA over a sustained period of time and we are looking forward to widening that understanding between supporters and match officials.

“We see this as an important step in developing that relationship with supporters from all areas of English football regarding refereeing matters across the Premier League, EFL and women’s game.”

Malcolm Clarke, chair of the FSA, said:

“In the past couple of seasons we’re pleased to have developed a new relationship with PGMOL which gives our supporter groups the opportunity to feedback their matchday experience.

“Without match officials we don’t have a game to watch and, with the level of scrutiny now upon them, their job is arguably harder than ever. We hope that this work with PGMOL can help develop understanding between supporters and referees across all levels of the game.”

When requested, PGMOL will continue to input into the respective meetings between each of the football competitions and the FSA.

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