Heart Of Football

The ref should be seen and not heard, nor make headlines

No two clubs in the history of English football have spent more, or won more, in the post-Manchester United era, than the billionaires of Chelsea and Manchester City.

And when they meet at the Etihad this evening, we must hope that the result is determined by players, and not by the man in the middle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 10, 2019, with the headline 'The ref should be seen and not heard, nor make headlines'. Print Edition | Subscribe