I thought congratulations were due to Craig Pawson and Michael Oliver after last Sunday’s performances in two of the biggest games of the season so far. They both got the big calls correct in my opinion, although, like any player … Continue
We are approaching another day featuring two big derby matches in the Premier League and I’m confident that Craig Pawson and Michael Oliver will be taking the prospect seriously.
By that I mean I don’t expect leniency, the kind of … Continue
It was refreshing to see one of our top referees saying sorry in the past week. While it’s caused quite a lot of fuss, I honestly feel the public out there should take more time to understand the complexity of … Continue
After so many years watching so many games, it is genuinely stimulating to see something for the first time – and that is the experience I was recently fortunate enough to have in Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium.
The … Continue
We have all heard it over and over again, haven’t we… it’s too early for a card, the ref doesn’t want to be accused of ruining the game!
I don’t actually think it’s a major problem and I think you’d … Continue
I’ve got another couple of suggestions for you today, but they don’t stand a chance until referees get on board and embrace the way that the correct use of VARs can transform the current climate.
I can’t help but get … Continue
Referees were central to the results of the past week in UEFA’s play-offs for World Cup qualification, and most of them did a great job. I have to say that the immediate future of Ovidiu Hategan is in doubt, however, … Continue
I know full well that, as a subject, it seems to come around every few seasons, but I want to nail my colours to the mast as an advocate of fast-tracking former professionals into the upper ranks of match officials.… Continue
Everyone in the game will have taken Arsene Wenger’s latest outburst with a pinch of salt, but that does not make it alright.
You have to take into account the myriad factors behind his latest post-match rant, and, while Raheem … Continue
NB. This article was written before Watford captain Troy Deeney accepted his violent conduct charge and will now serve a three-match ban with immediate effect.
I honestly hope that Troy Deeney does not get more than a one-game ban, having … Continue