Yet this historic change has benefited the game, keeping the competition lively up to the last kick of the season. We can now look back over the years to see the huge success that it has been. Having myself officiated … Continue
I would have loved the opportunity in my career to have officiated one of the Old Firm derby games.
Despite the one sided affair with Celtic winning 5-1, the challenge for Scottish referee John Beaton, is enormous but how nice … Continue
MARTIN ATKINSON produced a master class refereeing performance today in what was always going to be a challenging game to officiate. This was the refereeing performance of the season.
His game reading was first class, ensuring that he was well… Continue
One of the most challenging games in a referee’s career is to be appointed to an FA Cup semi-final.
The likelihood is that one set of supporters at each game will go away from Wembley disappointed and venting their fury … Continue
I am clear that Match Officials at all levels of Football should have a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the game. That is why since 1981 I have worked with the iconic Master of Movement artist Paul Trevillion producing… Continue
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 resulted in Leicester City’s undoing in the Champions League.
They are 1-0 down after the … Continue
A poor midweek of refereeing performances was eclipsed by the worst sin of all – the incorrect application of law by Keith Stroud at Newcastle.
The home team scored from the penalty spot only to see complete confusion reign when … Continue
The IFAB did a brilliant job when they clarified the law with regards to foul challenges. In an effort to gain more consistency they went to the trouble of defining what was a careless; reckless and reckless with excessive force … Continue
Since the announcement that the IFAB would be experimenting at grassroots level with the use of the sin bins many visitors to our website have sought clarification on how this would operate. Clearly the various associations around the world will … Continue
The English Premier League is one of the best, if not the best, competition in world football. Its nearest challengers would be La Liga and the Bundesliga, both of course producing top quality referees over many years.
Premier League Games … Continue