Our game promotes a great deal of passion and in the course of ninety minutes we can experience all sorts of emotions writes former Premier League referee Keith Hackett.

Elation when the ball hits the back of the net and you go one up.

Frustration when players fail to do some simple tasks out on the field of play.

Anger and disappointment when a referees decision goes against you.

If you are an occupant of the Technical area operating in the role of a Manager, Coach or player it is so important that you control your emotions and DO NOT vent your frustrations in an outburst of unreasonable behaviour towards the Match Officials

Regularly I see the Fourth official been used has the scape goat and on occasions close to been abused when things appear to go against one team

The fourth official is not occupying the Technical Area to absorb these outbursts but has a job to do assisting the referee

He is expected to monitor what is happening on the field of play and bring to the attention of the referee incidents that he can assist with the decision making process.

He is not there just to hold up the Subs Board and to indicate a minimum amount of added time to be played

However I often witness a fourth official just absorbing abuse and histrionics that undermine the team of officials without taking any action.

Toughen up please you Fourth Officials and do your jobs.

Stop spectating or undermining your colleague in the middle by getting involved in s lengthy discussion with

Members of either teams coaching staff

Do your job.

Please you Managers and coaches think seriously about a public outburst criticising and undermining the match officials.

You might just find yourself been moved and reported to the Authorities and then having to serve a ban and face a fine.

No good having regrets afterwards

Keith Hackett

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