I have just read, with utter astonishment  a comment by Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal FC, that referees appointments should be drawn by ballot.

What nonsense!

Firstly it is against the new FIFA Regulations on the Organisation of Refereeing in Member Associations which came into effect on 1st April 2011.

A second point is that the appointment of referees is a major part of referee development and it must be a set of planned appointments.

Would he have considered selecting the following team to play Manchester United a few weeks ago by ballot?

Fabiannski

Cruise

Boateng

Vermaelen

Eboue

Denilson

Gibbs

Henderson

Frimpong

Deacon

Murphy

The answer is of course, no.

The actual team selected by Arsene Wenger, was:

Szczesny

Djourou

Koscielny

Clichy

Sagna

Wilshere

Nasri

Song

Ramsey

Walcott

van Persie

Would Wenger select a team by ballot? Never!

How absurd that he should suggest referees should be selected in the same way!

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