Sources contacted by Get French Football News have revealed that there is an intention with the French Football Federation (FFF) to mic up referees in France’s top two divisions, Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, before the end of the season.
The subject of referees being equipped with microphones, to allow them to better communicate decisions with TV and in-person spectators, has been very current in France over the course of the past months.
After a controversial refereeing performance in the Choc des Olympiques, between Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais back in May 2022, the presidents of both clubs, Pablo Longoria and Jean-Michel Aulas, called for referees to be fitted with microphones.
In January, the FFF reportedly asked the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that determines the rules of the game, for permission to equip Ligue 1 referees with microphones. The referees’ federal committee president André Borghini called for France to be a test federation for equipping referees with microphones during a match from start to finish. “It would be great if viewers were able to hear what the referee is saying“, said Borghini. The FFF executive committee member adds that Ligue 1 referees are completely supportive of the idea.
Now, sources contacted by Get French Football News have revealed that mic’ing up referees in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches may become a reality before the end of the current season, with the FFF intent on bringing in the change.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle