Month: February 2014

Playing the ball doesn’t always absolve tackles

A good few years ago, 1994 to be exact, I wrote an article for a referee magazine, in which I described how I judged a tackle to be fair or a foul. I explained that if the player played the

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VIDEOS & ARTICLES — Friday 28.02.2014

Football League appointments : Tuesday 25th February to Wednesday 5th March 2014,,10794~3684496,00.html Scottish League appointments : Friday 28th February to Wednesday 5th March 2104 Capital One Cup Final appointments : Manchester City v Sunderland at Wembley Stadium, Sunday 2nd March

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VIDEOS & ARTICLES — Friday 21.02.2014

Football League appointments : Tuesday 18th to Tuesday 25th February 2014,,10794~3673658,00.html Scottish FA Cup Round 5 : Appointments Friday 21st to Tuesday 25th February 2104 Scottish referees rise from the depths Review of Premier League decisions :

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Psychologists have a warped view of referees

One thing that often surprises me is the amount of research that universities spend on football and in particular refereeing. I suppose that football being the world’s most popular sport; it is something that is going to make the press

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VIDEOS & ARTICLES — Friday 14.02.2014

The FA Cup with Budweiser, Round 3 : Saturday 4th to Tuesday 7th January 2014 Football League appointments : Monday 10th to Wednesday 19th February 2014,,10794~3663357,00.html Scottish League appointments : Saturday 15th and Sunday 17th February 2014

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VIDEOS & ARTICLES — Friday 07.02.2014

  Premier League appointments : Saturday 8th February to Wednesday 12th  February 2014 Football League appointments : Tuesday 4th to Wednesday 12th February 2014,,10794~3652540,00.html Scottish FA Cup Round 5 : Appointments Friday 7th to Sunday 9th February 2104

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Should spitting footballers be above the bye-law?

‘Spitting fines for footballers’ was the headline in a national newspaper a few weeks ago. The story behind the headline was that Enfield Borough Council has passed a bye law under section 235 of the Local Government Act that stated

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Reading Football League publish Fair Play results for first half of the season

The RFL Management Committee are please to announce the Fair Play awards for the first half of the season: Senior Division – Cookham Dean Premier Division – Woodley Town Reserves Division One – Mortimer Reserves Division Two –  Theale Division

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Should referees be talking to players?

No doubt the off field management problems at Southampton has put their complaint about what referee Mark Clattenburg said to one of their players on the back burner for the time being. Although it has been thrown out by the

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New interfering with play interpretations meant Newcastle’s ‘goal’ should have stood

It’s difficult to decide which caused the most comment after the Newcastle v ManchesterCity match, the mistake the referee made or the reaction to it by Newcastle Manager, Alan Pardew. What was the cause of his anger? After a skirmish

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