Month: September 2011

from: Andre Villas-Boas learns fast: blame the referee

Andre Villas-Boas, Chelsea’s youthful new manager, has wasted no time in getting on the bandwagon by blaming the officials for his team’s defeat by Manchester United. Like Kenny Dalglish after Liverpool’s loss to Stoke, he went through the official channels

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Guest speaker Sep 2011: Stephen Creighton – “Global Warming and the risks to you as a referee”

Thankfully for those who are global warming sceptics, this was not about climate change but about those times in a match when the temperature of the game suddenly heats up. It was presented by our own chairman and senior training

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New suspension rules for players

Sir Alex Ferguson seems to suffer from some form of paranoia; he thinks everybody is against Manchester United, particularly the FA. He is still making noises about the two match ban on his star striker Wayne Rooney for the use

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Players and managers told “Get on with the game”

date: 2011/9/16About the only thing I have in common with any Premier League footballer, apart perhaps for a love of football, is that we both wear on the sleeve of our kit, a small oblong badge. It has just one

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Open meeting – September 2011

I hope your season has got off to a good start. Our monthly meeting is this Thursday 15 September, 7.45pm as usual at the Madejski Stadium. This month our own Stephen Creighton, an experienced Panel League referee, and I are

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Stop cheating – get better decisions

One of the highlights of the summer for me was the annual National Referees Conference, as indeed it is most years. This year however, was a little special in that since last year’s conference, an English referee and his two

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Should referees give post-match interviews?

One of the questions often asked about top referees is why they don’t come on television after a game, like the players and managers do, and explain why they made certain decisions. It’s a question that I put to Stewart

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