English referees promised chauffeur-driven cars during Christmas
The move is designed to help officials stay mentally and physically fresh in hectic festive period when they often have to make multiple long journeys.
Top English referees have been granted a Christmas wish - by getting driven to Premier League games over the festive season. Match officials normally drive themselves to a meeting place and pick up a lift for the rest of the way to matches. But they have campaigned to get chauffeur-driven cars all the way for the busy Boxing Day and festive games - and have finally got their way. It is designed to allow them to relax and also be fresh after a busy Christmas if they have to make long journeys. The move has gone down well with referees, with many having several games over the busy programme.