HACKETT’S VERDICT: FA need to re-think how they treat referees

I am clear that Match Officials at all levels of Football should have a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the game. That is...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: How the VAR could have helped Leicester

When it comes to big decisions, they do not come bigger than awarding a penalty kick. A referee cannot guess. That unfortunately appears to have...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: One wrong, all wrong at Newcastle | Annual law test needed

A poor midweek of refereeing performances was eclipsed  by the worst sin of all - the incorrect application of law by Keith Stroud at...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Foul challenges and appropriate punishments

The IFAB did a brilliant job when they clarified the law with regards to foul challenges. In an effort to gain more consistency they...
Stuart Attwell

HACKETT’S VERDICT: How are those sin bins going to work? Here’s some info..

Since the announcement that the IFAB would be experimenting at grassroots level with the use of the sin bins many visitors to our website...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Premier League needs a Pep up – listen to Guardiola

The English Premier League is one of the best, if not the best, competition in world football. Its nearest challengers would be La Liga...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Stamp out this inconsistency

Television cameras at the Chelsea v Manchester United FA Cup game picked up the deliberate stamp by United’s Marcos Rojo on Eden Hazard. Referee Michael...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: I’ve had my nightmare games – and it’s tougher for referees now

Referees are human and will always be subject to making errors. That's equally true whether it's in a local park in front of one...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Is this sin bin trial workable?

I await with some anticipation the detail with regard to how the introduction of sin bins at grassroots level will operate. Many of our games in...
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