Should referees have microphones? The arguments for and against

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There wasn't much to discuss about Manchester United's drab 0-0 draw with Chelsea last week, aside from one incident.

After the Blues' Callum Hudson-Odoi appeared to commit a handball in the area, it looked like United could have had a penalty, as referee Stuart Atwell was told by VAR to take a second look. Atwell decided against giving the spot-kick, with Luke Shaw seemingly accusing the ref of saying to Harry Maguire, "If I say it is a pen, then it is going to cause a lot of talk afterwards".

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Ed McCambridge
Staff Writer

Ed is a staff writer at FourFourTwo, working across the magazine and website. A German speaker, he’s been working as a football reporter in Berlin since 2015, predominantly covering the Bundesliga and Germany's national team. Favourite FFT features include an exclusive interview with Jude Bellingham following the youngster’s move to Borussia Dortmund in 2020, a history of the Berlin Derby since the fall of the Wall and a celebration of Kevin Keegan’s playing career.