Moves to introduce a party blower-style referee’s whistle to defuse Premier League flashpoints have been rejected.
The new whistle – which produces a shrill raspberry sound while unfurling up to 12 inches and features a brightly coloured feather at the end – proved a huge success in trials.
But due to objections from Liverpool’s Kenny Dalglish and Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson the introduction of the whistles has been put on hold.
“It’s a very short-sighted decision given the success of the party whistles in non-league trials,” said Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association.
“Whenever a flashpoint occurred in a game, the sight of a referee getting between the players and blowing raspberries with a large yellow feather fluttering from the end of his whistle soon calmed the situation.”
Instead of the new whistles for the 2011-12 season, all 20 Premier League clubs agree that referees and their assistants would be allowed to calm potential flashpoints by wading into players after donning a pair of comedy plastic breasts.