Ballinamallard United boss Whitey Anderson believes a new forum involving Irish League managers and referees would benefit the local game.
Anderson was speaking after being handed a three-match touchline ban and fined £150 for comments made in an interview with BBC Sport following his side’s 2-0 defeat to Cliftonville on October 12.
The Mallards boss was critical of referee Colin Burns – who sent off goalkeeper Alvin Rouse – and claimed clubs from Belfast were awarded big decisions in games.
Anderson is now banned from the touchline for games against Warrenpoint Town, Portadown and Crusaders.
“I believe it is time for the Northern Ireland Football League and the Referees’ Association to get together on a regular basis,” Anderson said.
“We need some kind of forum to discuss the best way forward for local football.
“I think it would benefit the Irish League if managers could regularly meet with local referees and engage with them – it can only be a positive.”
Ballinamallard are considering appealing the three-match ban imposed on Anderson.