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Category: Referees

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Bielsa-esque Pierluigi Collina defends referees and Fifa’s new rules | Suzanne Wrack

Chair of Fifa’s refereeing committee gives energetic presentation in Paris following controversial incidentsIn the midst of a refereeing and VAR storm Pierluigi Collina was calm. A media briefing on refereeing mid-tournament is not a new occurrence. At…

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Blood, sweat and fears: special report on abuse towards grassroots football referees – video

The FA has rebooted its Respect Campaign this season to protect grassroots referees in England but many continue to suffer both mental and physical abuse. There are some horrifying stories but hope remains: as of 2019-20 season a new sin-bin system wil…

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Stéphanie Frappart to make history as Ligue 1’s first female referee

Referee will take charge of Amiens v StrasbourgFrappart selected to prepare her for ‘World Cup conditions’A French top-flight match will be refereed by a female official for the first time when Stéphanie Frappart takes charge of Amiens’ Ligue 1 home ma…

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The forgotten story of … the referee smuggled from irate fans in disguise

AH Blythe infuriated Newport fans by abandoning a game at 5-1 – and escaped in a police car disguised as an ambulancemanOn this day in 1951, Good Friday as it happened, promotion-chasing Norwich City travelled to Newport County for a game in the Third …

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Premier League needs some remedial work to be ready for VAR next season | Paul Wilson

Some decisions are clear-cut but many are not – VAR seems to be adding to the confusion rather than providing clarityNo one wants to see a player sent off for an accidental foul, especially after four minutes of a game, but though it was possible to fe…

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Mauricio Pochettino charged by FA over heated exchange with Mike Dean

• Spurs manager charged with improper conduct after ref row• Dean moved from fourth official duties for Chelsea v SpursThe Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has been charged with improper conduct after angrily confronting the referee Mike Dean fo…

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Why referee Mike Dean is football’s king of the bants

The undisputed star of the ‘celebrity refs’ gave another vintage display this weekend. But is he the Premier League’s greatest ever performer? Name: Mike Dean.Age: 50. Continue reading…

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Mauricio Pochettino calls for VAR in Premier League to be postponed

• Spurs manager fears system harms ‘dynamic’ English game• Win over Chelsea would bring Pochettino closer to first trophyMauricio Pochettino has outlined his grave misgivings about VAR and called on the authorities to postpone its introduction to the P…

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Shelvey playing on while Pogba can’t shows FA must allow a second look | Daniel Taylor

Referees know they can make a mistake on a bad tackle when they see an incident in a flash and it’s a cop-out not to punish serious fouls on the basis of video evidenceWe all make mistakes. Even us football writers, as difficult as it may be to believe…

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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…