Sports Mail reveals that, referees in the English Premier League are paying for their errors. Missing out on annual performance-related incentives of up to £ 50,000 for any mistake.
Referees are awarded marks for every fixture they officiate. This depend on whether their decisions are deemed right or wrong.
Therefore, these scores are tallied by their bosses in a ‘merit table’.
A typical Premier League referee earns a basic salary of around £110,000 to £120,000. But bonuses can take it up to £160,000 or £170,000.
However, bonuses are determined by the ‘merit table’ produced by referees’ body PGMOL at the end of each season.
The top-ranked referee will receive the highest bonus and the bottom-ranked official gets the lowest.
It is believed that a typical mark for a referee might be 8.4 out of 10. If he makes a major mistake, it drops to 7.9.