IRISH Football Association referees’ chief Alan Snoddy believes this season’s tense Premiership title race has only ramped up the pressure on match officials.
The spotlight continues to fall on the men in the middle following another weekend of controversy.
Referees on both sides of the Irish Sea have come under increased scrutiny.
IFA Referees Development Officer Snoddy admits officials are having to contend with increased pressure.
But he admits it is merely a by-product of officiating at the top level.
“The pressure is part of the game. It is the same for players, managers and referees,” he said.
“The expectation and pressure is always there, and when it comes to the Premiership this only intensifies.
“I think the way the league is shaping up this year has added to the tension. It could be one of the closest title races in years – this only heightens the pressure.
“The pressure is an occupational hazard, but it is something that referees can’t complain about and they don’t.
“They accept it and get on with it. At the top level it gets harder, but that is the same with any job.
“If you can’t stick the heat then get out of the kitchen.”
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