Former Dutch referee Mario van der Ende believes allowing officials to address the media after matches would be a positive step and help avoid prolonged analysis of controversial incidents.

He also wants officials and clubs to have a greater understanding of each other’s role and to encourage referees to spend more time at the clubs and experience day to day football life in a non-game situation.

Van Der Ende has been appointed as the interim national technical director of referees. His brief is to appoint an elite referees instructor, appoint a game development (grass roots) referees instructor and to appoint the man who will fill his own position in the next six to 10 months.

He has spent the last couple of months meeting officials, clubs, coaches, players and press to gain an overview of both standards and perceptions. This was part of his brief to complete a major review of match officiating standards, systems and practices.

Speaking to the media at FFA HQ today van der Ende said: “I hear many times that referees are a separate part of the football environment. I think one of the main goals is to make sure everyone knows and understands that referees are an important part of the whole football world and not separate. I hear a few people say they look like a religious sect, all alone.

“One key word in my feedback from clubs, players and coaches was transparency. When you want to be transparent you must be ready for that.

“There must be a kind of media education. Not everybody is used to the camera or a journalist with a microphone under their nose.”

The FFA is not likely to rush into that scenario however with such a scenario only likely to unfold in the longer term.

Officials certainly won’t be offered up on a plate to discuss absolutely anything and everything, particularly if an incident will form part of a disciplinary process.

However, van der Ende pointed to the controversy surrounding last season’s grand final and the claims that referee Mark Shield missed a crucial handball. Van Der Ende said had the referee been able to explain his decision then it would have effectively killed the story.

He said referees’ responsibility should not just be during the 90 minutes of a match and that greater communication and understanding was a win-win situation for everybody.

As for the standard of officials, van der Ende said it was a very positive reflection on the country that it had two referees officiating on the greater world stage. He said: “From the Fifa side they are very happy and confident with Australian referees.”