Letters: Same old story

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Sir: Why are football managers so transparent? When a referee makes an error, their reactions are completely predictable. "He's cost us the game! I couldn't believe that decision! I'd better not say any more."

Referees are not perfect; never have been, never will be. But they're the best means we have of enforcing the rules and controlling hugely overpaid players. Referee Paul Durkin admitted this week that he missed a hand ball in the FA Cup semi-final between Newcastle and Tottenham for which he was roundly criticised. I'll have more sympathy with his critics when they tell their pampered players to stop trying to con officials and get fellow professionals sent off. GEORGE MITCHELL,

Apsley, Herts