Vincenti: 'I would consider becoming a ref'
JERSEY born professional Peter Vincenti may swap his boots and shinpads for cards and a whistle at some point in the future, after taking part in a refereeing course.
The Macclesfield Town midfielder joined former Scotland international Chris Iwelumo and other current and former players on a course at the University of Warwick last weekend which introduced them to refereeing.
‘I think it is a positive thing and more should definitely be done to encourage it,’ said former First Tower junior Vincenti. ‘Not many players have done it, and I think there should be more. But that’s not to say that footballers could just go in and do it – it takes time.
‘What players do have working in their favour is more awareness of how play develops. Having played they might know a foul better, or see it developing. So there are benefits for players. They also know how player-referee interactions go. I think footballers definitely could transition quite comfortably, but it doesn’t happen "just like that".’
Vincenti says the notion to be a referee hadn’t crossed his mind before the course, but believes that was more due to not understanding.
He said: ‘I’ll be frank, being a referee wasn’t something I had thought about previously, but, after going on this course, understanding the job, and speaking to some level 2b referees it is definitely something I’d consider after I stopped playing.’
It is doubtless a good way for players coming out of the game to stay involved with the sport, and could well be a viable pathway to stay in the sport here in Jersey, given the limited amount of referees and the large player pool.
Vincenti said: ‘It is a way to stay in the game, so for players at any level – whatever the reason they wanted to stay in football – at a pro level it might be money, but for others it could be because they are slowing down in play, or just love the game – it really is a great opportunity.
‘A lot of people might be put off by expecting abuse at lower levels but that is definitely a minority and, having played, you would inevitably be treated with more respect having been in the players’ shoes.’
Man dies from 'severe reaction' to MDMA days after the authorities warned of a strong batch of the drug circulating in Jersey
Sorry, we are not accepting comments on this article.