Referees, Linesman and the officials above them are currently one of the main issues with football as a whole and particularly at our level. They have always been a focus for abuse when someones team is not doing well and I know it is a very difficult job but for me the focus of how laws are interpreted and applied is grossly misguided away from the fans. This season in particular there has been way way too much friendliness between players and officials from opposition and sometimes ourselves to be fair, they need a co-operative relationship but it seems to now go way beyond that.
Shirt pulling, time wasting, foul throws, set pieces taken from the right spot (particularly throw ins) all easy wins for the powers that be but it seems they either can't be bothered to enforce the rules correctly or just don't want to offend anyone. The modern game is fast but when was the last time you saw a linesman keep up with play?? 70% of the time they are guessing in my opinion and referees are often no better just purely guessing from a poor position to enhance their reputation or thrive on some controversy (Exeters penalty a prime example).
I have gone full old man rant here but if this gets continually worse and these people don't realise you can be mates with Smiffy or Dazza, you can have all the billionaires and TV money you like but if Joe Bloggs stops paying his £20 - £60 every game the whole show grinds to halt.
I have said times before win, lose or draw I pay my money to watch a game of football not a wresting match, not a shoe lace tieing and slow walk symposium nor the greatest land stealing operation since the great escape. And I say this as a football fan in general not a Stags fan.