Mohammed Al-Hakim

Good or bad idea? Referee starts a Facebook page to explain his decisions

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Fair play to you, Mohammed Al-Hakim.

The Swedish referee, who referees regularly in the Swedish top-flight (Allsvenskan) has started up his own Facebook page to discuss his decisions from matches he has officiated in.

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This is either a really good or a really bad idea, but either way you have to salute the man for thinking outside the box.

Speaking to Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen, Al-Hakim has revealed the reason why he is putting this information out there.

“I believe in openness and dialogue,” Al-Hakim said. “The main idea is that I want to create interest [in our occupation] and I think the football family can gain from getting a better insight and understanding of a referee’s situation. I also want the page to inspire more people to become referees, which is an important part of football.”

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Al-Hakim is one of the most promising referees in Sweden and at the age of 30 he has taken FIFA courses to referee on the international stage. He says the Swedish federation are on board with his idea and it could be implemented officially in the future if it proves to be useful.

Opening the page by admitting you should have given a penalty in a game between IFK Norrkoping and AIK was a bold move, can you imagine Premier League referees taking to Twitter after a game?

Mark Clattenburg: “Yeah, totally missed that elbow in the box. Should have given Chelsea a penalty in the last minute of that title decider. #NextTime”

One day, it could be a reality. Don’t get me wrong, it’s healthy for the development of refs to voice their opinion and look back on their performances so they can improve. But there could be even more negativity towards refs if Al-Hakim’s idea is implemented in soccer league’s across the world.

What do you guys think: good or bad idea?