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
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
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
The dismissal of Kyle Walker for a second yellow card following his clash with Dominic Calvert-Lewin convinced me that we have reached the point where the referee owes the fans, first and foremost, followed only shortly afterwards by managers and … Continue
I’ve just got back from Hong Kong, and it might seem strange to be relating to you that my trip left me encouraged when it comes to the future of elite refereeing in this country!
The chief reason for my … Continue
Since my call for patience on the VAR front last month there has been a hell of a lot of negativity thrown at the whole idea, mostly attributable to the inconsistent results of the ongoing testing that was such a … Continue
Once again, the subject of diving has become one of the game’s hottest topics and this time it coincides with something I feel could surely help sort it for good.
I believe there is a real opportunity and I hereby … Continue
When I first got into broadcasting, not long after my retirement from playing, there was no way any of the big hitters would have considered employing a referee for his perspective.
In none of our ITV Premier League editorial meetings … Continue
Since my last column Mark Clattenburg has resigned from the Premier League’s Select Group, and this very weekend will add another unlikely chapter to a jet-setting plot-twist which surprised many, if not all of us.
It’s a great pity he … Continue