Month: March 2012

Would two referees be better than one?

A few weeks ago when this column still appeared in the getreading edition of the Post, I received a telephone call one Friday evening. ‘I’ve just read your article,’ the caller said, ‘about how assistant referees don’t make decisions but

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The curious case of the Hijab and the laws of football

A year or two back I refereed an English Schools FA girls’ cup tie where three of the girls in one team, which came from Slough, wore tracksuit bottoms. Not any old track suit bottoms but obviously specially made to

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Local football may change substitution rules

Back in 1965 I was editor of the Reading Referee, the magazine of the Reading Referees Association, as I am again now. My co-editor, Peter Jefferies who sadly died much too young, and I had a disagreement in print over

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Open meeting – March 2012

It’s our monthly meeting this Thursday 15 March, 7.45pm as usual at the Madejski Stadium. This month we have a real treat in store with Ray Olivier, Training & Development Manager for PGMOL as our guest speaker. Anyone who has

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Tackling with feet off the ground risks a sending off

One particular foul that has stirred controversy again this season is what I call the ‘flying tackle’. It is often referred to as a two footed tackle but it can be committed with only one foot leading the way. What

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Guest speaker Mar 2012: Ken Clark – “how do we define handball?”

For our March meeting we were looking forward to hearing from Ray Olivier, former Football League referee who has appeared at the Madejski Stadium in that position in the past but is now Training and Development Manager for the PGMO,

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