The refereeing seems to be getting worse rather than better. Something that gould has said and I actually agree with is - the referees seem to lack actual football knowledge. Sure they know the rules , but they don't seem to understand the actual intricacies of actually playing the game. Because of this they play to the letter of the law rather than show some plain common sense in some of their rulings. If there were more refs who had played to a higher level they may do a better job.