Deaf refs are best

REFEREES without any sense of hearing are better than able bodied officials, research has found.
The results have nothing to do with being able to ignire the abuse hurled at them from players, managers and the terraces – it’s because adults born deaf react more quickly to objects at the edge of their visual field, according to the University of Sheffield.
Dr Charlotte Codina, who undertook the study as part of her RNID-funded PhD said: “We found that deaf children see less peripherally than hearing children, but, typically, go on to develop better than normal peripheral vision by adulthood.”


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