What's The Story? Is there less respect for referees in football compared to other sports?
Patrick Barclay says pressure on referees is intolerable as What's the Story debates respect.
Last Updated: 19/09/13 3:37pm
The Premier League introduced goal-line technology this season but referees, aided by the advice of their assistants, remain the sole decision-makers for the vast majority of on-field calls.
Manchester United manager David Moyes called for retrospective punishments to be brought in for players who are guilty of diving but has received little support.
And Barclay believes referees will continue to be subjected to huge scrutiny and pressure by players, coaches, fans and the media until they are given greater support and access to new technology.
Asked about the pressure on referees, Barclay told What's The Story?: "It is far too much and I think that it is unnecessary in the television age.
"When football was invented, it was a referee's eyes, the spectators' eyes and the participants' eyes. As soon as television was invented, that changed and as soon as television became all-pervading, there was the situation where the person least well informed of all the people consuming the football match is the referee.
"While that continues, they will be under intolerable pressure."
Barclay insisted the way to eliminate the lack of respect to officials in the game was to target the Premier League players and coaches and ensure they set the standard for youngsters to follow.
"The Football Association three or four years ago brought in a Respect campaign - it is funny how that word has been devalued, not just by the FA - and it did not touch the top players," he said. "We still had this appalling behaviour.
"It was started with kids at grassroots level. They did not need to do that. If you absolutely bash the guys at the top, every school teacher in the world knows that behaviour is largely imitative.
"So instead of doing it from the top down, they attempted to do it from the bottom up and of course it was a complete waste of time and money. So they will eventually have to do it again and do it properly."
Fellow guest and former England cricket Dominic Cork believes football has a particular respect problem compared to other sports.
"I think there is less respect for referees in football than in any other sport," he said. "If you look at tennis, rugby and even cricket, once the umpire makes his decision very rarely does anyone look at him.
"Respect - that is the difference I see between football and other sports. I am not sure that footballers respect the referee as much as in other sports. I might be wrong but that is what I see."