Steph Houghton: Manchester Metropolis captain says WSL’s precedence needs to be to ‘increase the extent’ of refereeing

Manchester Metropolis and England captain Steph Houghton says the precedence for the Girls’s Tremendous League needs to be to “increase the extent” of refereeing for “each recreation”.

The WSL doesn’t use goalline know-how or video assistant referees.

Houghton stated the ladies’s recreation deserves a “larger” normal of officers.

“Clearly, being on the opposite facet of a refereeing determination that value us a draw, or some extent, or the potential for us to win a recreation and [to] find yourself being a defeat shouldn’t be good to take when it [the handball] was fairly apparent,” the 33-year-old defender stated.

“I feel the best way our recreation has gone over the previous few years when it comes to professionalism, the truth that we prepare each day, the grounds that we play at, the depth that we play at, it is solely truthful that we get given a good shot of a better degree of refereeing.

“The precedence for me now’s to boost the extent of refereeing that we’ve got each single recreation.”

Metropolis supervisor Gareth Taylor stated on Sunday it was “actually two fingers” from Spurs and added the choice to award the objective was “fairly unbelievable”.

Ayane’s handball is considered one of a lot of contentious choices within the WSL for the reason that new season began in early September.

“For me, to make this recreation even higher, we are able to try to improve [refereeing standards] as a lot as we are able to.,” Houghton added.

“It is not as a result of I used to be concerned in an incident, there have been two or three incidents over the previous few weeks within the WSL that haven’t been as much as the usual as gamers, we most likely count on.

“When it comes to VAR, we have to put that to the again of our minds and at the beginning, we want to ensure we’ve got the most effective referees that we are able to probably get.”

Houghton is at present with the England squad as they put together for his or her World Cup qualifying opener towards North Macedonia at St Mary’s Stadium on 17 September.

It will likely be the primary likelihood to impress new supervisor Sarina Wiegman and Houghton says she is aware of the Dutchwoman could need to select a unique captain as she goals to make her mark with the Lionesses.

“Me and Sarina had a very good chat final night time and fortuitously, I’m the captain for the subsequent few video games, which is superb and an absolute honour,” she stated.

“No matter whether or not I’ve an armband or not, I am going to nonetheless be the identical chief that I am going to all the time be for the ladies.”

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