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Terry Butcher asks bosses to help referees


Too much pressure on refs - Butcher

Terry Butcher thinks managers and coaches must take the lead with their own behaviour in order to reduce the pressure on match officials.

The Inverness manager was talking after a month when referee Dougie McDonald was warned after admitting he lied when explaining a controversial decision.

"We don't have wars or battles with referees now. There is no point.

"You just have to concentrate on your own team," he said of himself and assistant Maurice Malpas.

"And I think, once the players and fans see myself and Morris not getting involved with referees, I think they respond in the right way as well.

There's no vendettas or anything like that

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher

"So the managers and coaches have to set the right example and if they set the right example then everyone else will follow."

Butcher admits he has had his battles with officials while he was a player and then as a manager.

But he said: "We've got a great relationship with referees and we always have done.

"I got sent to the stand last year, appealed it and got a one-match ban instead of two, so won a little bit of a war there."

McDonald's U-turn in awarding a penalty for Celtic against Dundee United three weeks ago led to a Scottish Football Association investigation.

Terry Butcher with his Clydesdale Bank award
Butcher has been named manager of the month in the SPL

Then, this week, Celtic striker Gary Hooper, who had been involved in that challenge with United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis, claimed that referees went out their way to give decisions against his side.

However, Butcher said: "I have been on the other side as a Rangers player and I always thought referees were against us then.

"There's no vendettas or anything like that. I think referees have far too much on their plate to even think about awarding penalties to teams that they favour.

"Their job is really hard. I just hope now that the whole thing is forgotten about and we can all get on with our game and get back to what we do best and that is playing football."

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan plans a campaign designed to earn officials greater respect from managers, players and fans but has also promised an overhaul of the management of referees.

"We can make it easier for them by taking pressure off them," added Butcher. "And that means that we leave then alone and get on with our jobs, because our jobs are hard enough as it is anyway."

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SFA promises ref system overhaul
04 Nov 10 |  Scottish Premier
No way back for ref - McAvennie
04 Nov 10 |  Celtic
Butcher delight at award double
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McDonald's lie 'will hinder refs'
03 Nov 10 |  Scottish Premier

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