EXCLUSIVE: PGMOL sends Premier League clubs list of dietary demands

EXCLUSIVE: Premier League clubs sent a list of dietary demands for referees – and sandwiches are off the menu – as PGMOL recruits ex-Man United doctor to oversee referees’ nutritional needs

  • Howard Webb is spearheading a focus on nutrition and performance at PGMOL 
  • Foods high in fibre or nuts are out, as are ‘fatty foods’ – but breakfast bars are in
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Referees’ bosses have sent Premier League clubs a list of dietary demands for their matchday officials – with sandwiches off the menu.

Top-flight sides have been told that while rice cakes, nut butter and fishcakes are in, the humble butty is a no go, along with ‘fatty foods’. 

And, for obvious reasons, clubs have been told by refs’ body PGMOL that foods high in fibre or nuts – which take longer to digest – should not be dished out to officials before games.

The requirements have been split into pre-match and post-match. For hot meals after games refs want protein (chicken, beef or fish) with vegetables and salad. 

Fishcakes and sweet potato wedges are also on what is a detailed list along with ‘hot breaded chicken salad wraps’ and stir-frys, curries and pasta dishes. 

Before games breakfast bars – specifically those made by the brands ‘Nakd’ and ‘Go Ahead yoghurt breaks’ – have also been requested. 

PGMOL has sent a list of dietary demands to Premier League clubs for matchday officials

The list is the brainchild of former Manchester United doctor Steve McNally (pictured 2014)

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A list of cold snack options are also listed. They include sushi bites and ‘KIND’ bars. Flavoured or plain cakes should also be on the menu, accompanied by nut butter spreads. 

The list of demands, which also includes mango, kiwi and melon, is thought to be the brainchild of former Manchester United doctor Steve McNally, who left the club after 16 years to take up a new role as performance support director at PGMOL in December. 

McNally works with a team of sports scientists to ensure that referees – who often have to run 12 kilometres per game – take on board the right foods. 

McNally joined United in 2006 and worked closely with Sir Alex Ferguson for seven seasons, during which the club won the Champions League, Club World Cup and five Premier League titles. 

Officials tend to get to matches around two hours before kick-off. They are also provided with a massage, at the expense of the home club. Food is usually served in the refs’ room both before and after games. 

PGMOL have stepped up support for officials following the arrival of ex-referee Howard Webb. They are viewed as athletes, similar to the players, who need to be catered for both before and after matches. The provision of healthy foods is aimed at ensuring they remain in peak condition and are able to stay close to the play for 90 minutes and added time. 

Howard Webb’s appointment as PGMOL chief has seen the organisation step up their support of officials

PMGOL view officials as athletes who need to be catered for both before and after matches


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