Hackett’s Verdict | Well done Felix Brych

Well done to Felix Brych, one of the Worlds finest referees. With difficult underfoot conditions and players slipping whilst challenging for the ball his decision...

Hackett’s Verdict | Northern Ireland, you have been wronged. Twice

Rarely do you see a referee at international level make one glaring major error in a game, let alone two. It was Northern Ireland’s...

Hackett’s Verdict | Video Referee to be used in England v Germany

The referee team from Poland are tasked to ensure that the experiment is a success. England - Germany Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland) Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz...

Hackett’s Verdict | Different shaped ball, same lesson for referees

For any young referees wanting to enhance their on field performance, look at the masterclass of management and communication regularly demonstrated by rugby union...

Hackett’s Verdict | Well done to FA over Deeney ban

Watford captain Troy Deeney has accepted his violent conduct charge and will serve a three-match ban with immediate effect. Deeney was charged after a clash...

Hackett’s Verdict | Major Breakthrough for Women Referees

You Are The Ref send our congratulations to Swiss elite referee Esther Staubli. She will be the first European female referee to officiate a game in...

Hackett’s Verdict | Premier League letting the game down

Having been closely involved in football for well over half a century I have seen the speed and intensity of the game change at...

Hackett’s Verdict | Will Brexit Come To The Aid Of English Refereeing?

I have raised on several occasions my concern about a lack of churn and succession planning with regard to our current group of PGMOL...
Craig Pawson

Hackett’s Verdict | Whistle-stop for a top referee!

I am sure that Craig Pawson will be looking forward to his English Premier League appointment on Sunday when he takes charge of the...
Simon Hooper

Hackett’s Verdict | A Good Weekend for Referees

Well another good weekend for referees. I decided to watch the Evostik Premier League game between Shaw Lane (Barnsley) v Stafford Rangers, a League that...
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