It seems like between the areas, A-level exams, UEFA Champions League, you name it, there is a lot of questioning the adjudicators, referees, etc... While I could agree that it may be human nature to always want to achieve the best one can...often leading us to blame others when things don't go our way (and I can be just as guilty as many at times)...I think there needs to be some respect given to the umpires and their decisions. I guess what I am wondering is, why is there so much disent and can anything be done to prevent it. One possible reason is that people feel the judges are biased. I don't believe this would happen in the brass band world. First of all, mostof the judging is blind, and secondly, the stakes aren't high enough. As for football, I don't know that I have equal faith in all situations. I think because of the high stakes some officials may get pressured into making the correct call. If a statistical analysis was run for fouls/ penalties, etc... called in NBA/ NCAA basketball or NFL/ NCAA football, I think there would be a significant relationship between fouls and home field advantage. Two other reasons can be downright incompentance or that the job is just too difficult for one person to do. The comment to add adjudicators to a brass band contest to make it more 'fair' or even referees to a football match have been heard quite frequently lately. Even the use of the ball & chip or instant replay in football...or regrading in A-levels. It seems sometimes people want to be regraded until they get the mark they want (which will never happen ) I think the reason people question the decision of referees and judges is that the system of accountability doesn't seem to be there. If referees in football seem to make bad decisions, they get grilled by the press, but I've never once heard about them getting promoted or relegated at the end of the season. If brass band adjudicators give a bad result, I've never heard of they being taken off the approved adjudicator list (or for that matter, very good ones being noted as exceptional adjudicators). Perhaps the former two processes occur, but I think people would feel better if they were made public.