I thought congratulations were due to Craig Pawson and Michael Oliver after last Sunday’s performances in two of the biggest games of the season so far. They both got the big calls correct in my opinion, although, like any player … Continue
We are approaching another day featuring two big derby matches in the Premier League and I’m confident that Craig Pawson and Michael Oliver will be taking the prospect seriously.
By that I mean I don’t expect leniency, the kind of … Continue
It was refreshing to see one of our top referees saying sorry in the past week. While it’s caused quite a lot of fuss, I honestly feel the public out there should take more time to understand the complexity of … Continue
I know full well that, as a subject, it seems to come around every few seasons, but I want to nail my colours to the mast as an advocate of fast-tracking former professionals into the upper ranks of match officials.… Continue
Can somebody please tell me why, given what Asmir Begovic did to Maxim Choupo-Moting last week, we are not seeing the kind of reaction that exactly the same foul from, say, David de Gea on Firmino the week before, would … Continue
The subject of diving is back in the headlines, and surely it is time for us to explore every angle in addressing what makes the blood of every football lover boil.
When I use the word angle I am not … Continue
I started refereeing in 1990 as a schoolboy who dreamed of playing for my beloved Newcastle United.
That dream was quickly dispelled by my PE teacher at Cramlington High School, who told me I should take up refereeing, as I … Continue
I defy any manager not to have reacted as Tony Pulis did last week. Having watched helplessly as his West Brom side was denied a penalty and the chance to go a goal up at the Emirates, I sympathised with … Continue
Of the numerous talking points thrown up by the weekend’s Premier League games, my verdict is firmly on the side of the officials and the decisions they came up with, especially the call by Craig Pawson that kept the sides … 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