STVV chairman questions evaluation reports refs: “Names with percentages defeat the purpose”

David Meekers, chairman of STVV. — © JEFFREY GAENS

Most directors of the Jupiler Pro League clubs chose not to respond last weekend to the leaked evaluation reports of the referees, which were published in our newspaper on Saturday. STVV chairman David Meekers, who used to be a referee himself, does have reservations about that evaluation system.

Gunter Schoofs, Thomas Franken and Wim Conings

“Referees remain people,” he told our editors. “I find giving points – how well or poorly someone has worked – wrong and stigmatizing. I even consider the statistics, percentages and figures that I now see to be a violation of privacy and a lack of respect for the referees. Names with percentages defeat the purpose. I understand that there needs to be a lot of openness, but the openness in terms of figures displayed about the referees is not going to help.”

Layec. — © BELGIUM

“We have very good refs, but these statistics will be counterproductive,” said Meekers. “The comedy must be over, in that sense it is good that you have brought this out. We don’t need figures like Layec, nor do we need his invoices. We need referees who blow the whistle as if VAR is not there. The VAR should only intervene if the referee has clearly made a mistake. It’s that simple. Back to simplicity. We can do that without input from foreigners.”

Better tools and software

“The story of referee boss Bertrand Layec has been written, that seems clear to me,” said Frank Lagast, CEO of KV Mechelen. “Would he have resigned earlier? I will not comment on that. After this season we need an impeccable figure at the head of our referees, for which a correct profile is crucial. And to structurally improve the level of arbitration, we especially need better tools and software for the referees.”

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