Month: March 2013

Guest speaker Mar 2013: Mark Ives – “Discipline and the Way Forward”

Mark Ives is the Discipline Manager of the FA but his involvement in football is just about as wide as you can get. He has been with the FA for 12 years and Head of Department for the last 7

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Why McManaman’s tackle was left unpunished

The horror tackle of Wigan’s Callum McManaman on Newcastle’s French defender Massadio Haidara has been the latest in a series of high profile incidents recently. What has caused even more controversy than the tackle itself, was the refusal of the

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Lessons from Swansea’s off-side goal

Many football mangers seem happy to admit that they are not clear on the offside law. Harry Rednapp said on television a little while ago, ‘I don’t understand the offside law anymore’. Reading’s recently departed manager Brian McDermot, said much

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Open meeting – March 2013

It’s our monthly meeting this Thursday 21 March, 7.45pm as usual at the Earley Home Guard Social Club, Pitts Lane, Earley, Reading RG6 1BS This month we are very pleased to welcome Mark Ives, Discipline Manager of The FA. Mark is a former Level

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Was Nani’s high tackle a sending off?

The biggest talking point last week was without doubt the sending off of Nani of Manchester United in their Champions League match at Old Trafford, when they lost against Real Madrid knocking them out of the tournament. Many felt that

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Premier referees’ training days are no secret

John Motson once said to me that there was certain similarity between referees and television sports commentators. We both, he said, have to make instant decisions, which afterwards we sometimes regret. Referees of course, have to make their decisions about

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