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
We have all heard it over and over again, haven’t we… it’s too early for a card, the ref doesn’t want to be accused of ruining the game!
I don’t actually think it’s a major problem and I think you’d … Continue
Everyone in the game will have taken Arsene Wenger’s latest outburst with a pinch of salt, but that does not make it alright.
You have to take into account the myriad factors behind his latest post-match rant, and, while Raheem … 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
Having been lucky enough to play in plenty of Liverpool/Man United fixtures, I imagine it must be a great thrill and an honour when you find out you have been selected to referee one.
There must be the temptation, what … Continue
One aspect of the panel for retrospective punishment of simulation that I am proud to be a part of this season is something I don’t think has had enough attention drawn to it.
Namely, why is the punishment so different … Continue
My reaction to a recent incident on a Premier League pitch might seem out of step to some of you, but hear me out before dismissing my take on an incident that seemed to gain universal sympathy for a recent … Continue
I got a phone call the other day and as soon as I realised it was a genuine offer to join the new FA panel adjudicating on simulation I was overjoyed at the idea, happy to respond and honoured to … Continue
The Youdan Trophy is a great modern example of how referee and youth development can go hand in hand, but I don’t think youth coaches should be let off the hook as easily as they are throughout the game in … Continue
Two out-of-season tackles put the cat among the pigeons with vastly different outcomes recently and both offer learning points, even if one did come during a supposedly sedate gathering of retired old pros involving yours truly!
Out in Utah, USA, … Continue