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Category: Referees

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Hostile players, irate fans and decisions that haunt you: who’d be a football ref?

From the horror of making a mistake to the teams that came armed with knives, football’s unsung heroes share their storiesIt is a wet Saturday morning in September, the kind when the prickling heat of August feels a distant memory. In Regent’s Park in …

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Referee inadvertently scores goal as ball ricochets off his head – video

A referee deflected in a a goal during a match in the second round of the LFL Dagestan between Keyes DD from Kizilyurt and Manas of Dahadaevskiy. A Manas player took a penalty kick in the 43rd minute, but the ball ricocheted off the head of offici…

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Assistant referee injured by object thrown from stands during Livingston v Rangers – video

Police are appealing for information after an assistant referee was hit by an object thrown from the crowd during Livingston’s 1-0 defeat of Rangers. Calum Spence suffered a minor injury to the back of his head and was treated at the Tony Macaroni Aren…

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Why would anyone be a Sunday league referee? The love of the game

Every Sunday footballers gather on the 82 pitches at Hackney Marshes. It would be total chaos but for the men in the middle By MUNDIAL, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThere are 23 games of football going on at Hackney Marshes this morning and around…

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Bobby Madley quits as Premier League referee after ‘change in personal circumstances’

‘We understand that he has decided to relocate,’ says PGMOL32-year-old refereed the 2017 Community ShieldThe referee Bobby Madley has quit his job as a Premier League official. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) on Thursday announced…

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Bobby Madley quits as Premier League referee after ‘change in personal circumstances’

‘We understand that he has decided to relocate,’ says PGMOL32-year-old refereed the 2017 Community ShieldThe referee Bobby Madley has quit his job as a Premier League official. The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) on Thursday announced…

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Football League managers to be shown yellow and red cards in new regulations

• New system will also be used in Carabao Cup• Managers could face long touchline bansThe EFL will pilot an Ifab (international football association board) developed scheme that will see managers in the top four divisions of English football, as well a…

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VAR a ‘fair way away’ from being used in Football League games

• Chief executive says full implementation unlikely soon• Shaun Harvey: ‘We don’t have the TV cameras in place’After the introduction of VAR was postponed by the Premier League, the chief executive of the EFL has said video technology is a “fair way aw…

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There is a cloud hanging over this World Cup and Fifa must not ignore it | Stuart James

An otherwise brilliant World Cup has been cheapened by the kind of histrionics witnessed in England’s game with Colombia and they have become a cancer in the gameThere was a time when we used to sneer at the antics deployed by South American nations, o…

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Pierluigi Collina confirms holding crackdown as VAR is hailed success

• Chairman of referees says action taken after early incidents• Total of 14 decisions overturned thanks to video in group stagePierluigi Collina has confirmed Fifa cracked down on holding by defenders at set pieces after a series of early incidents at …

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Former referee Mark Halsey admits booking player who asked for card

• Player wanted subsequent suspension to pass before derby• Halsey: ‘He asked if I could show a yellow. And I did actually’Mark Halsey says he was approached by a player during an English top-flight game in 2011 asking to be booked.The former Premier L…

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Former referee Mark Halsey admits booking player who asked for card

• Player wanted subsequent suspension to pass before derby• Halsey: ‘He asked if I could show a yellow. And I did actually’Mark Halsey says he was approached by a player during an English top-flight game in 2011 asking to be booked.The former Premier L…

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VAR enjoys largely positive World Cup debut to confound football’s luddites

As with previous innovations that met with a hostile reception and then general approval, use of the video referee will become part and parcel of the gameWhen the controversial new rule came in, the real football men could barely hide their contempt. “…

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Leave it to VAR: World Cup referees told not to flag for tight offsides

• Pierluigi Collina tells officials to let video rule out goals• VAR rulings will be replayed on big screens inside stadiumsFans inside the World Cup stadiums will be shown replays of incidents requiring video assistant refereeing decisions to reduce t…

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England players given crash course over new World Cup disciplinary rules

• Referees are allowed to take retrospective action during games• Gareth Southgate is anxious his team understand the changesEngland’s footballers are to be given a crash course in the new disciplinary rules being implemented in time for the World Cup …

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Will VAR improve the World Cup?

VAR has been used in various league and cup competitions around the world. Is it a step forward for the World Cup?• Who are you supporting – and how will your team fare?Every World Cup breaks new ground. The first tournament was held in 1930; qualifica…

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From Leicester-Fleetwood to Mainz-Freiburg, VAR’s highs and lows so far | Paul MacInnes

After the farcical scenes in Germany, here are some good and bad examples from the video assistant referee’s back catalogueMainz v Freiburg, 16 Apr 2018 Continue reading…

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Why sympathy for Gianluigi Buffon should be in short supply | David Conn

Juventus goalkeeper’s protest to Michael Oliver – which saw him sent off – may cause unpleasant repercussions for the embattled officials at the lowest levels of footballHeartfelt sympathy is extended to Gianluigi Buffon, of course, railing with much o…

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VAR is another slap in the face for the long-suffering paying spectator | Paul Wilson

The experiment, which has left fans without a clue what is going on, has shown control of a game is best left to the referee and linesmenAs a pundit, Robbie Savage is not generally known for being incisive but he was bang on the money with his condemna…

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VAR technology to be used at Russia World Cup after lawmakers’ vote

• Zurich meeting unanimously approves technology for Russia 2018• Premier League not certain to follow suit as reservations lingerVideo assistant referees will be used at the World Cup this summer after a meeting of football’s lawmakers unanimously app…