Month: October 2014

Videos & Articles — 31st Oct 2014

  Here is a statistic the media missed after Southampton v Sunderland (8-0) refereed by Andre Marriner (Solihull) on Saturday 18thOctober 2014. Sunderland’s last 8-0 defeat was on Saturday 25th September 1982 : Watford v Sunderland (8-0) refereed by Vic Callow

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Offside – how much nearer do you have to be?

Anyone who takes up refereeing knows, or will soon found out, that they will at times be subject to criticism and moaning from players, spectators and club officials. Of course it is difficult at local level to show that your

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Videos & Articles – Fri 17th Oct 2014

  FIFA : Seminar for prospective World Cup referees CONMEBOL, CONCACAF http://refereeingworld.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/fifa-seminar-for-prospective-world-cup.html ?   PAUL REJER : Discusses re-entering the field of play after treatment http://www.proreferees.com/news-play-of-the-week—2014–-wk31.php   MLS : Trio officiate the first-ever Indian Super League match, left to right in

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Videos & Articles – Fri 10th Oct 2014

  FIFA Referees’ Committee 2014-15 http://refereeingworld.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/fifa-referees-committee-2014-2015.html ?   FIFA : Retirement age of referees remains at 45 http://refereeingworld.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/fifa-age-limits-for-referees-unchanged.html ?   Denoncourt leaves FIFA for CONCACAF http://refereeingworld.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/denoncourt-leaves-fifa-for-concacaf.html ?   YOU-ARE-THE-REF.com discusses last weekend’s games https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjnFSkAFf9Q&feature=youtu.be   PAUL REJER : Discusses ‘using excessive force’ http://www.proreferees.com/news-play-of-the-week—2014–-wk30.php

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Rooney’s foul was not professional but violent conduct

When Wayne Rooney first burst onto the Premier League scene as a teenager for Everton, he seemed an exceptional talent and a transfer to Manchester United soon followed. He made his debut with a hat-trick and he has done pretty

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When does a goal celebration become an offence?

Do you remember the days when if a player scored a goal, his team mates would at the most slap him on the back or shake his hand? The player himself would do nothing more than raise his hand in

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How referees prepared for their World Cup matches

Before the World Cup becomes a distant memory, I thought it might be worth while looking at how referees prepare themselves for the big games, particularly internationals. We are all used to clubs and players watching their upcoming opponents on

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World Cup commentator who showed up the BBC

So many viewers found the co-commentary at the World Cup by former Manchester United, Everton and England player, Phil Neville, totally unintelligible, that the BBC was inundated by complaints. But was it the hapless Neville who was to blame, surely

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Videos & Articles – Fri 3rd Oct 2014

  Ten things we learned from last weekend’s games http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2773014/Calum-Chambers-gone-nice-naughty-Manchester-United-turn-heat-referees-history-repeating-Jose-Mourinho.html?   MASSIMO BUSACCA, Head of Refereeing, FIFA : Referees must “smell” the game http://refereeingworld.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/busacca-referees-must-smell-game.html?   PIERLUIGI COLLINA hails new concussion rules http://sport.bt.com/sportfootball/news/collina-hails-new-concussion-rules-S11363935146822?   PAUL REJER : Discusses confusion caused by

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The magic spray that caught the imagination

After the dramatics of the summer we are now back to normality in football. Apart from England’s early exit I must say I enjoyed the World Cup. It was great to see some of the smaller nations making a breakthrough

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