Month: October 2012

Our top referees experience now exported to USA

With Reading Football Club now in the Premier League, it also means that the Madejski Stadium will be host to the country’s top referees. One referee however, that Reading fans won’t see this time around is Peter Walton. He was

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Guest speaker Oct 2012: Phil Sharp – “Working at Euro 2012”

As guest speaker for October, we were pleased to welcome for a return visit a living legend of lining Phil Sharp who has the distinction of being assistant referee at both a World Cup Final; and an Olympic Final. At

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Diving is only an offence when done to deceive

It seems that Liverpool never get through a game these days without some incident that raises the query whether their Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez has been fouled or whether he was guilty of  ‘diving’. Listening to the radio commentary on the

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Law change means no score from drop-ball

Every year the International FA Board make some changes to the Laws of the Game, some of which are so small and receive such little publicity that even some referees seem to miss them. One such possible change this season

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Open meeting – October 2012

Our monthly meeting is this Thursday 18 October, 7.45pm at our new venue – Earley Home Guard Social Club, Pitts Lane, Earley, Reading RG6 1BT. If you haven’t yet experienced our new venue, you’ll find that it is really pleasant and

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Newcastle’s goal raises questions on handball

Newcastle’s second goal against Reading in the Premier League clash at the Madejski Stadium has created a great deal of discussion, some of it rather fanciful, but showing just how tricky the question of handball can be for the referee.

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RRA magazine for Aug/Sep 2012

The RRA magazine for Aug/Sep 2013 is now available for download: RRA magazine Aug/Sep 2012 (vol 55 no.1)  (199 views)

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Time for abusive language to stop

Last week’s football headline was the suspension and fine of John Terry, Chelsea and former England captain, who had been accused of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand whilst playing against Queens Park Rangers. Terry had been acquitted of a racist charge

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