India considers psychologist sessions for referees

Indian officials conducting the national-level seminar for referees are considering with the idea of including sessions with psychologists and dieticians. “In a game where stakes are so high, one has to be fit in every aspect to do justice to the job. So, we are thinking on the lines of taking help of psychologists and dieticians in such seminars. That would help increase the concentration level of the referees,” M.G. Suvarna, a former international referee, told The Telegraph.

The organising officials were also of the opinion that instead of conducting such seminars for a short period, it should be held over a stretch of 10 or more days. “Conducting such seminars for a longer duration would help brush up the knowledge of referees even better,” Milan Dutta, a member of the Asian Football Confederation’s Referees’ Commission who was the course coordinator, said.