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Category: Referees

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VAR is getting it right despite football’s wider mood of suspicion and distrust | Sean Ingle

New studies have revealed that the accuracy of ‘match-changing decisions’ has increased significantly with VAR and it has had hardly any effect on the way games are playedIn the pained aftermath of Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, Patr…

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Referee punched in face by footballer during amateur friendly match

Satyam Toki struck after issuing red card in gameSporting Club de Mundial ditch offending playerAn amateur football referee was left bleeding after being punched in the face by a player who was sent off during a friendly in London.Satyam Toki, a 28-yea…

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Referee punched in face by footballer during amateur friendly match

Satyam Toki struck after issuing red card in gameSporting Club de Mundial ditch offending playerAn amateur football referee was left bleeding after being punched in the face by a player who was sent off during a friendly in London.Satyam Toki, a 28-yea…

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Off for a cough? FA outlines new rules for players that splutter at opponents

Red cards can be shown to those that deliberately coughGuidelines will be enforced immediately to all levels of footballPlayers who deliberately cough at opponents or referees can be shown red or yellow cards under new guidelines issued by England’s Fo…

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No plans for Premier League technology changes despite Villa Park farce

Premier League sees Nyland incident as a one-offHawk-Eye apologised for never seen before errorThere are no plans to reconfigure goalline technology in the Premier League, despite the system failing during the first game of the restart.Aston Villa’s go…

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Bundesliga’s quiet return hints at a silent threat to home advantage | Sean Ingle

Without crowd noise to influence them, statistics indicate referees are less inclined to make decisions favouring the hostsSo this is what football looks like for the foreseeable future. No handshakes, spitting, or fans. Balls doused in disinfectant be…

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Ifab plan concussion substitute trials and ‘philosophical’ review of offside law

• Review could result in a root-and-branch reform of offside law• Infantino: ‘Fostering attacking football always has to guide us’Football’s lawmaking body is to undertake a “philosophical” review of the offside law, which could result in a root-and-br…

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Mike Dean lays cards on table to give Peter Crouch a referee’s insight | Barry Glendenning

Official has attracted the ire of supporters but shows his human side on former striker’s podcast, as he nears final whistleA man who seems so laid back he could probably serve as a draught excluder at the gates of Winterfell Castle, it spoke volumes t…

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Wenger’s offside plans offer sense but not the whole VAR solution

Goals should not be ruled out because an armpit was ahead of the last defender but issues with remote refereeing run deeperThank goodness for Arsène Wenger. It is about time someone with a genuine appreciation of the game stepped in to prevent VAR’s re…

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Bobby Madley to referee in England again two years after sacking

Offensive joke cost official his Premier League role‘I have learned from this and feel better and stronger’The referee Bobby Madley is to return to English football next season, two years after losing his job as a Premier League official because of an …

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VAR too expensive for the Women’s Super League, says Casey Stoney

• ‘The advantage seems to have gone against forwards’• Manchester United Women manager wants goalline technologyCasey Stoney does not believe there will ever be enough resources to support VAR in the Women’s Super League. The Manchester United Women ma…

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VAR too expensive for the Women’s Super League, says Casey Stoney

• ‘The advantage seems to have gone against forwards’• Manchester United Women manager wants goalline technologyCasey Stoney does not believe there will ever be enough resources to support VAR in the Women’s Super League. The Manchester United Women ma…

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Bobby Madley’s plight symptomatic of social media shame culture | Max Rushden

The former Premier League referee’s career was finished by one moment and this absence of forgiveness is likely to be repeatedIn an emotional blog post on New Year’s Eve, the former Premier League referee Bobby Madley detailed how his career was finish…

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Bobby Madley’s plight symptomatic of social media shame culture | Max Rushden

The former Premier League referee’s career was finished by one moment and this absence of forgiveness is likely to be repeatedIn an emotional blog post on New Year’s Eve, the former Premier League referee Bobby Madley detailed how his career was finish…

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Referee Bobby Madley reveals ‘dark joke’ that led to Premier League sack

• Official admits he made a video of a disabled person• Video sent to someone he ‘trusted’ who told employersThe former Premier League referee Bobby Madley has opened up about the “dark-humoured joke” that cost him his job.Madley ceased officiating at …

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Premier League clubs side with referees and back VAR despite fans’ gripes

• Only tweak to system will involve extra info on big screens• West Ham’s David Gold: ‘VAR is alive and kicking’’Premier League clubs have chosen to avoid drastic action over VAR, with only the smallest of tweaks in the communication of decisions expec…

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Premier League clubs side with referees and back VAR despite fans’ gripes

• Only tweak to system will involve extra info on big screens• West Ham’s David Gold: ‘VAR is alive and kicking’’Premier League clubs have chosen to avoid drastic action over VAR, with only the smallest of tweaks in the communication of decisions expec…

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Premier League managers to meet with Mike Riley to discuss VAR problems

• Referees’ manager Riley to meet managers on Thursday• Lack of pitchside monitors for referees to be discussedPremier League managers will meet with Mike Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), on Thursday …

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Premier League needs to stop VAR operating like a nitpickers’ charter | Paul Wilson

The system is too often introducing travesties into games instead of clearing them up and changes are neededDissatisfaction with VAR seems to be back with a vengeance after the incidents of last weekend, with a meeting of Premier League clubs scheduled…

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Korean calamities of Ghandour and Moreno are antidote to anti-VAR clamour | Andrew Anthony

The officiating scandals of the 2002 World Cup must remind us why the advent of the video referee is a good thingWith that collective wit for which football fans are justly renowned, the Spurs contingent at the Etihad Stadium broke into song last weeke…