Iturralde Gonzalez: "In an imperfect world like football, we want the referee to be perfect"

The arbitration group signed an official statement on Friday in which they asked the clubs “to exercise responsibility in communication with their partners”, while regretting the threats received by the head of the referees, Luis Medina Cantalejo.

After several weeks in which several clubs have shared messages on their social networks and on different platforms about the work of the referees, Iturralde González, a former international referee and now an analyst on Cadena SER, has lamented the situation in which we find ourselves.

“In the First Division we are and have been very protected, but the mirror effect is transferred to the Regional, which is where you really suffer. Criticizing a referee is totally normal, you have to criticize him because criticism is the improvement. I do not ask that a referee is not criticized, because I am the first to criticize them, but I do ask for criticism with respect”, he began.

However, he added: “It seems that in an imperfect world like football -failures in transfers, in approaches, in everything-, the only person we want to be perfect is the referee. The only one we ask for perfection in the world of football it is the referee.

Along these lines, he continued: “The media have a great responsibility to send a message of respect towards the group that has to be the most protected and, curiously, the most unprotected”.

“They do not want justice but benefit”

“Clubs do not ask for justice, people do not want justice, people want benefit, because if you want justice, when someone is acting badly, you report it, but if you only report when they harm you and not when they benefit you, you do not want justice, you want to benefit, using social networks, television or whatever. The messages of the clubs do not have to be those of today’s social networks. The clubs have to respect and take care of the message, especially before the matches”, has argued.

“Each one has, within himself, what is possible to improve this. And one thing, eh, they are going to continue failing. But practically all the referees have children and those children go to school. Many times I have had colleagues who return their children to home and they tell their parents that they have told them at school that they are a thief. Families suffer from it. Please, respect, which is being lost and especially from the institutions… The world of football is a family, but everyone. It’s just that, respect”, he concluded.

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