Month: December 2014

Videos & Articles — Fri 26th Dec 2014 discuss last weekend’s Premier League games   CHRISTMAS DAY 1914 – football was played during a break in the First World War……..   ……and how the Christmas truce led to a court martial–sow.html#M3yn9ZA   FERGIE TIME

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Videos & Articles — Fri 19th Dec 2014 discuss last weekend’s Premier League games and ‘diving’   Premier League referees need to be more consistent when it comes to simulation   HOWARD WEBB : Discusses simulation/diving on SKY,-carragher-&-neville-discuss-diving?   Premier League referees have

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Why should referees suffer insults?

There was a report in national newspapers last year of a young thug attacking a seventies pensioner as he was unloading the boot of his car. The newspapers concentrated on the fact that the pensioner was a former amateur boxer

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Shaka Hislop helps to shape laws of the game

Last week in Belfast there were two important meetings, which might even be called historic in the story of the Laws of the Game. I reported last year that the make up of the International Football Association Board, which calls

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VIDEOS & ARTICLES – Friday 12th December 2014 discuss last weekend’s Premier League games   HOWARD WEBB : Explains on SKY some controversial decisions   MLS : Alicia Rodriguez spends 10 mins with referee Mark Geiger before the Final   KEITH HACKETT : Do

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Is an Avoided DOGSO a Mandatory Caution?

One of two talking points at our November open meeting came courtesy of Paul Gaskin, who had the room contemplating whether or not to caution the goalkeeper, who might have credibly been sent off; a decision he recently faced in

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Club Assistants on right wings

Stuart Marsh raised one of two talking points at the November open meeting and related it specifically to the local Sunday League. However, it could be put into practise in any match in which club assistants are required. Stuart cited

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2014 Christmas Social

Kicking off at 7.45pm, we hope to see you all at the Reading RA’s final open meeting of the year on Thursday 18 December for an entertaining Christmas themed spectacular. A sumptuous spread is being laid on with help of

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Vince Penfold – ‘Great Expectations’

Our guest speaker in November had been a Level 3 referee and a Level 4 Referee Tutor, but has decided to take a step back to become a Level 5 referee and Level 2 Tutor. His experience however shone through

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Pundits and Sam Allardyce still have a lot to learn

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote of a new service being offered to BBC Match of the Day by Howard Webb and fellow retired Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher. They are looking to advise about any controversial decisions that

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