Holmes: I switched referees Print
Written by David Sygall, Sydney Morning Herald   
Sunday, 28 September 2008 20:50

Ian Holmes yesterday admitted he changed a referee assignment for a State League match but the Football NSW general manager said it only happened once and was done in consultation with chief executive officer Michael Quarmby.

Holmes told The Sun-Herald he switched the appointment because he believed it was "inappropriate".

However, he said he couldn't remember the game in question.

"I put my hand up," he said. "Yes, I was involved in one appointment.

"There was an appointment made which I believed was inappropriate and that match appointment was changed. The State League referees did not recommend the original appointment."

"What happened is we tried something new and it didn't work.

"We were trying to blood a lot of people and it didn't work to the level that we wanted it to work to."

Asked to clarify what the new policy was, Holmes declined to elaborate.

"For the balance of it, we decided to work off a more traditional way of doing it, as we had in the past," he said.

"From that point on the State League referees' recommendations were followed.

"We've now gone back to a more traditional way of making appointments. In terms of overall responsibility for referees, it's very clear that rests with the state associations."

Asked if the vacant posts of NSW referees manager and co-ordinator would be filled, Holmes said: "They're going to be filled. In fact, applications for one of the jobs closed the other day."

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 September 2008 22:56