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Aldridge: Demote Premier League referees who make bad decisions to the Conference

John Aldridge has called for referees to be punished if they make poor decisions - by being demoted from the Premier League list to officiating at Conference games.

The former Liverpool striker's comments came in the wake of Jay Spearing's dismissal in the Reds' game at Fulham - and Liverpool's subsequent punishment.

"I can't believe Liverpool got charged by the FA because of the players’ reaction to the dismissal of Jay Spearing at Fulham," Aldridge told the Liverpool Daily Echo.

"There was hardly anything over the top about the protests and I would have done the same myself.

"It was a pathetic decision to send Jay off and the game is going crazy. Jack Rodwell got sent off for nothing in the derby at Goodison earlier this season and to give Spearing a red card was another shocker."

Aldridge is concerned about some of the performances from officials this season - and believes referees should be given harsh punishments based on bad decisions.  

"There seems to be so many wrong decisions and the standard of refereeing this season has been poor," he said.

"If a player has a bad game he loses his place and I’d like to see more referees demoted when they have done their job badly. Not just demoted to the Championship but down to the Conference.

"If they knew that could happen they would definitely get more things right. The inconsistency we see on a weekly basis is baffling."

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