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AN OVERWHELMING majority of women’s football fans have called for the introduction of full-time referees, a survey has revealed.
Almost nine in 10 (87.6 per cent) out of 2,156 fans who responded to the Women’s Game Survey conducted by the Football Supporters’ Association believed this move would help improve the standard of officiating.
Less than a third — 32.8 per cent — of respondents thought VAR was the answer, but 74.3 per cent backed the introduction of goal-line technology.
Fans from 49 of the 51 clubs in the top four tiers of the women’s pyramid, and more beyond, took part in the survey.
A majority of respondents (81.5 per cent) felt that television coverage of the women’s game had improved but only 26 per cent felt there was sufficient coverage on mainstream television and media.
Almost 90 per cent of respondents said more money should be redistributed from the men’s game to support the development of women’s football.
Four out of 10 fans surveyed said they had already bought tickets for matches at next month’s Women’s Euro, while a further one in five said they planned to.
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