“The level of the referees in Belgium just is not good enough,” said KV Kortrijk midfielder Hannes Van der Bruggen last weekend. And also: “It is ethically very difficult, but Sébastien Delferière and Bart Vertenten deserve a second chance if they are innocent to be found.”
That it is precisely the ever-rational Van der Bruggen such statements, gave a lot of observers, the eyebrows frown. But from an extensive survey of his colleagues from first class shows that the Kortrijkspeler long is not the only one that thinks so. Our voetbalredactie contacted some 150 soccer players, of whom 103 were willing to answer our questions. This sample is not completely scientifically representative, but each of the sixteen first graders by at least four players represented. A more than solid base, so.
The first question was: is the level of the Belgian arbitration to be low? 74 of the 103 players find a of up. The most heard complaints: the refs favour the big clubs too often, especially if which home play, communicate poorly or inadequately, and feel the match is not on. Though there are a lot of players who the referees defend. “They are not sufficiently protected. At every mistake they make, they get tons of criticism. Especially of the clubs”, says a foreign defender.