Having been closely involved in football for well over half a century I have seen the speed and intensity of the game change at all levels.The physical demands placed on our match officials are without doubt more challenging.
In addition … Continue
I have raised on several occasions my concern about a lack of churn and succession planning with regard to our current group of PGMOL Premier League referees.
With … Continue
I am sure that Craig Pawson will be looking forward to his English Premier League appointment on Sunday when he takes charge of the Newcastle United v Liverpool game at St James’ Park
However, in the approach to that game … Continue
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 I officiated on in my early career and for which I will always have fond … Continue
After fifteen years of officiating Scottish referee Lorraine Watson became the first female to officiate a senior men’s game.
Edinburgh City v Berwick Rangers was the ground breaking game and having overseen the home team win 1-0 Lorraine informed BBC … Continue
I was saddened by the news that one of our best football commentators, John Motson, is hanging up his microphone at the BBC.
There is real synergy between a referee and commentator. Motson, like other commentators, has to decide what … Continue
The opening games of the season have seen some instances of poor decision making by top referees.
To balance this let me state that we have also witnessed some good officiating, a point that I made when praising Graham Scott … Continue
Graham Scott, still in that rookie class in the eyes of the PGMOL, receives my praise today for dealing in the correct manner with the brutal challenge of Watford defender Miguel Britos. The Brighton player on the receiving end was … Continue
If referees are going to dismiss players then they can’t afford to guess. It seemed to me that this is what happened on Monday night in the Premier League. An innocuous coming together between Kyle Walker of Manchester City and … Continue