Month: January 2013

Assistant referees are the to assist not insist

The last thing I want readers to think is that this column is leading a one-man anti Ferguson campaign. It’s just that Sir Alex’s latest verbal behaviour needs some clarification. The fact that Manchester United didn’t beat Tottenham two Sundays ago,

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Guest speaker Jan 2013: Ray Olivier – “Deal or no deal”

We were pleased to welcome to our January meeting, Ray Olivier who is Training and Development Manager for the PMGOL, which of course is responsible for the Select list of referees on the Premier League. It was pity that the

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Just being offside is not distracting an opponent

It is not often that I return in this column to something that I wrote about just a fortnight before. However, I would like to go back to the incident which led me to write about Sir Alex Ferguson’s rant

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Whatever the replay shows the referee’s still wrong

Some years ago, after I had made a decision during a game, one of the players said to me, ‘It’s a good job this is not televised ref, otherwise you would find out that you made a mistake there’. ‘On

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Open meeting – January 2013

Happy New Year. It’s our first meeting of 2013 this Thursday 18 January, 7.45pm as usual at the Earley Home Guard Social Club, Pitts Lane, Earley, Reading RG6 1B Our guest this month is Ray Olivier, former FA Referees’ Manager, National List

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How does Sir Alex get away with being completely wrong?

The most repeated football television incident over the holiday was almost certainly that of Sir Alex Ferguson remonstrating with the referee, the fourth official and the assistant referee over what he thought was an incorrectly allowed goal against Manchester United.

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Head high boots can endanger safety

One player that Royals fans might have been surprised to have seen turning out for West Ham last weekend, was Carlton Cole following his sending off for serious foul play in the previous game against Everton. Thereby of course hangs

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