Your location is set to Dartford
Published: 14:38, 01 October 2009 |
Updated: 09:48, 08 January 2014
Football referees are vilified for all sorts of reasons - but now they're getting stick for their colourful dress sense from Gillingham manager Mark Stimson.
Stimson wants officials to stop wearing "pinky shirts" because he thinks they make them a laughing stock.
Stimson spoke to match officials after the 1-1 draw with Norwich on Saturday - refereed by Paul Taylor - and offered a bit of fashion advice about their uniform.
He said: "It's a crazy decision to put a referee in a pinky shirt. They get enough abuse as it is - but as soon as they walk on the pitch with that pink shirt people laugh at them."
Officially, referees can now be found sporting fluorescent shades of red, yellow, blue and green, as well as the traditional black uniform.
The Gills boss would be prepared to back a campaign for officials to go 'back to black' as a way of helping the Respect agenda, which the FA hopes will encourage better behaviour towards the men in the middle from fans, managers and players.
Stimson added: "[Referees] set themselves up. If they wanted managers to say anything about it I would because I do not think it is a good thing."
Every morning at 10am we play you an hour of tunes from the 90s. We call it, #WeLoveThe90s.
Play 'Say It' with Garry and Laura on kmfm Breakfast and you could win £1,000!
Wake up to kmfm Breakfast with Garry and Laura - it's Kent's alarm call.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
This is a brand new online resource covering every aspect of owning and improving a home in Kent and Medway.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Neil Miller, Hever Castle head gardener is new gardening blogger.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.