I suppose it’s a sad day when you set out to talk about one of the English game’s leading lights and straight away you have to make clear which incident potentially earning him a ban you are talking about, but … Continue
The German Bundesliga yesterday provided another stepping stone in women’s refereeing history when Bibiana Steinhaus became the first female referee to officiate a match in a top European league, taking charge of Hertha … Continue
I was fortunate enough on my way up to the Premier League to be mentored by a referee who had played the game himself as a semi-pro, and, as a result, the regular meetings we would have over a meal … Continue
Terry Butcher made a couple of back pages in the week, when the anniversary of some 0-0 draw England once got away with in Sweden provided an excuse to reproduce pictures of his bloodstained shirt and bandaged head.
If you … Continue
My reaction to a recent incident on a Premier League pitch might seem out of step to some of you, but hear me out before dismissing my take on an incident that seemed to gain universal sympathy for a recent … Continue
The dismissal of Kyle Walker for a second yellow card following his clash with Dominic Calvert-Lewin convinced me that we have reached the point where the referee owes the fans, first and foremost, followed only shortly afterwards by managers and … Continue
The referee, of course, takes the field in order to enforce the laws of the game. But how much responsibility does he have to ensure the quality of the spectacle?
A boxing referee, it may be remembered, can haul the … Continue
So we know the outcome of the latest Carabou Cup draw, thanks to its exclusive appearance on a Far-Eastern Twitter feed.
Well, I have to say I don’t agree with the suggestion that this is in any way “an interesting … Continue
It was a very interesting Women’s Euro tournament for me, and I was lucky enough to attend four matches in person, including England versus Scotland.
Because Denmark’s squad was based in Rotterdam, it was easy for us to take the … Continue
I got a phone call the other day and as soon as I realised it was a genuine offer to join the new FA panel adjudicating on simulation I was overjoyed at the idea, happy to respond and honoured to … Continue