Wigan Athletic face Portsmouth on Wednesday evening at the DW Stadium rather than the weekend due to Pompey being involved in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Sunday when they take on Spurs
Any way the game is set to be officiated by Gloucestershire referee Lee Probert who will be taking charge of his third Latics game this season, previously he managed Everton home and away and our home game with Birmingham, all three of which ended in defeat, whoops.
The 37 year old Bristol born whistle blower gave a recent interview to refworld.com where he stated that he`s a referee because he`s a rubbish footballer and says to be a good referee you need confidence, a calm approach when making decisions, assertiveness, resilience, patience and sound knowledge of the rules of the game, man-management and communication skills. You`ve not got that straight from the text book have you Lee?
Any way here is an excerpt of that interview:
How did you get introduced into refereeing?
My interest in football began at an early age due to my father managing several amateur local football teams. I was encouraged by him to take the referee`s exam at the age of 16 when I realised that I would not achieve my dream of becoming a professional footballer.
What is the best game you have officiated and why?
To date the most memorable game I have officiated would be the Carling Cup Final 2006/2007 season at the Millennium Stadium between Arsenal and Chelsea. To be involved in such a prestigious final was an acknowledgement of all the hard work and dedication that is required.
What skills do you think you need to become a professional referee?
There are many skills required to become a professional referee, to be confident and possess a calm approach when making decisions, having assertiveness, resilience and patience but most importantly having sound knowledge of the rules of the game, man-management and communication skills.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career and why?
The constant support and guidance of my parents throughout my career perhaps has been the biggest influence by far, although along the way I have had the pleasure of working alongside experienced coaches who have assisted the development of my career.
In your opinion who is/was the best referee?
In my opinion the best referee of his time was Jack Taylor who has been the only English referee to take charge of a World Cup Final in 1974.
So far this season Lee Probert has taken charge of 28 games issuing 104 yellow cards and 5 red ones
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