Tory MP Douglas Ross Shown ‘Red Card’ In Parliament After Dipping Out Of Debate To Run Line In Champions League Match (Video)

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Conservative MP Douglas Ross has taken a bit of a battering after ditching a Parliamentary debate about welfare reform on Wednesday in favour of running the line at the Camp Nou.

As well as being the Tory MP for Moray, Ross is also a qualified professional assistant referee, and can regularly be seen officiating in the Scottish Premiership.

Retro Football: Helpful Glasgow Rangers Fans Lend Their Large Union Jack To Linesman With Broken Flag, 2006 (Video)

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Let's face it, we've all been there: diligently running the line at a football match only for your standard issue fluorescent flag to disassemble itself into its component parts, right in your hand.

That's exactly the fate that befell the assistant referee on duty for the charity match staged between Derby County and Rangers at Pride Park in 2006, though thankfully a member of the travelling support was able to supply the flag-less official with a suitable replacement.

Video: Fans of Polish side Victorii Kaluszyn stalk the linesman

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Polish amateur side Victorii Kaluszyn have become a surprise YouTube hit after their fans were filmed mimicking a linesman during a recent match. The supporters stalked the assistant referee up and down the touchline, copying his every move. Via 101GG

Swedish Minnows Langholmen 9-0 Down Against IFK In Cup, Supporters Find Another Way To Amuse Themselves (Video)

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By Chris Wright

9-0 down in the Swedish cup against top flight IFK and bored senseless, a group of fans of sixth-tier side Langholmen decide to amuse themselves with a spot of classic linesman mimicry...

"Shhhh! Don't tell! Don't tell!"

Via 101GG.

Pirlo's ghost goal seals Juve's win over Parma, 2-0

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The Old Lady got off to a winning start as Stefan Lichtsteiner opened the scoring. Andrea Pirlo sporting a beard sent in a low grounder from a free kick which Parma's goalie, Antonio Mirante seems to have gathered before it broke the plane of the goal but after refusing to award a goal the referee reversed his decision consulting with the linesman.

Alan Pardew gets charged with misconduct

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For doing this. Actually, there should be some sympathy for the Newcastle manager because the ball clearly rolled out for a throw in but the linesman did not appear to be paying attention. Pardew made a more forceful "wake up" gesture than needed.

His subsequent apology will most likely have no effect.

Man City dig deep to overcome a spirited Saints side, 3-2

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szólj hozzá: Man City vs Southampton 3:2 HIGHLIGHTS

What an absolutely engrossing match. City showing the fortitude and strength to dig deep to come back to equalize and then score the winner gives an indication of how hard it will be to stop them from repeating as Premiership winners. This was on a continuum from the last match of last season with the title on the line against QPR and then Sergio Aguero producing that immortal moment in the very last minute.

Palmeiras Supporter Hits Linesman In Face With Pinpoint Throw-In (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Never take your eye off the ball, not even if you're a linesman...

Look at the delirious celebrations in the crowd! Take *that* authority figure!

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Video: Brazilian linesman goes crazy with a spray paint

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In Brazil, linesmen now come equipped with a can of spray paint so they can mark the correct distances from free-kicks and ensure that nobody is creeping forward. This excitable chap thought he'd done his job. But with players standing around the ball at various angles, the ref was unhappy that some players were closer [.

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Sir Alex Ferguson launches chewing gum into the air during Boxing Day touchline tirade

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We're all used to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson throwing his toys out of the pram, but yesterday's Boxing Day match marked a new spoilt toddler antic to add to his growing list a chewing gum projectile no less. In the midst of a relentless hair-dryer embalming of the linesman, Fergie's gum decided [.

A brief review of Premier League teams in August – Part Two

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Follow the Linesman to take you through the remaining 10 teams of English Premier League...

11 Fulham 3 pts

A 5-0 win and Petric's hat-trick seemed indicating a smooth start for Fulham, but consecutive away defeats to Manchester United, West Ham, and even Sheffield Wednesday in Capital One Cup demoralised Martin Jol's side.

A brief review of Premier League teams in August — Part One

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The Linesman takes the international break to look back at how August went for the Premier League teams.

1. Chelsea 9 pts

Di Matteo endured a magical 11/12 season and led Chelsea to the top of the table by nailing 3 out of 3, mostly thanks to new signing Eden Hazard, which the talented attacking midfielder had one goal and six assists and was the star in August.

A brief review of Premier League teams in August — Part One

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The Linesman takes the international break to look back at how August went for the Premier League teams. 1. Chelsea 9 pts Di Matteo endured a magical 11/12 season and led Chelsea to the top of the table by nailing 3 out of 3, mostly thanks to new signing Eden Hazard, which the talented attacking [.

GIF It: Fernando Torres offside goal helps Chelsea to victory over Reading

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Chelsea retained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 4-2 victory over Reading last night. But it was the Blues' third goal, scored when the match was level at 2-2, that will be playing on Royals boss Brian McDermott's mind today. Fernando Torres was quite clearly offside as he tucked the ball [.

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After a disappointing opening day result with positives at St James Park, Gareth Johnson shares with THFC1882 his thoughts on the match as he watched from the stands and what lies ahead this season for us.

The opening day of any season is always special for me.


DTotD: Crazed pitch invader strangles linesman during Ukrainian match

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A crazed pitch invader attacked a linesman during a stoppage in play at a match between Chernomorets Odessa and Metalist in Ukraine. The man, a Chernomorets fan, lunged at the linesman while the officials conversed with the Chernomorets manager about a corner kick awarded to Matelist and grabbed him by the throat while pushing him backwards.

Mental Ukranian Fan try’s to Choke Official!

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Ukrainian football was rocked on Saturday as a crazed Chernomorets fan attacked a linesman with a viscous double fisted choke-hold.
With the match in play, the action began with the referee having words with a coach on the sidelines whilst the linesman and fourth official were in close proximity.

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Swedish Fan’s Find Something Amusing to do While Their Team Trail 9-1

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This is the moment Langholmen FC fan's turned agony into amusement with their team trailing 9-1 against Swedish giants IFK Gothenburg the Swedish minnows fans started to do a bit of linesman mocking much to the amusement of the fans and us to be honest.

Palmeiras Fan Hits Linesman With Pin-Point Throw-In

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Fair play to the linesman, no historonics, but what a throw-in, worthy of the NBA if he could reproduce it.

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Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova Facing A Suspension

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Two games into the La Liga season and Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is already facing a suspension after being issued a red card against Osasuna.

"Muñiz (the referee) sent me off because I told the linesman that Busquets had been fouled during a play. It seems that's enough to send you off.

Barcelona Does It Again

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Barcelona beat Real Madrid again 3-2 in the first leg of Super Copa. Without any fillers, I am going to be straight up and say that Real Madrid got robbed(typical of Camp Nou refs) actually. The first Barcelona goal was offside. Pedro was leaning ahead of Coentrao and it is amazing to see the linesman [.

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The Premier League is back in town

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England's Premier League has kicked off with some unfamiliar faces hogging the limelight and some intriguing storylines to follow.

It is traditional that the early exchanges of the season see some lesser lights have their day and the first weekend saw Fulham, Swansea and West Brom in the top three positions.

Alan Pardew Push on Linesman

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Alan Pardew get's caught up in the moment and pushes the linesman during Newcastle's 2-1 win over Tottenham yesterday.

Alan Pardew Push on Linesman

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Alan Pardew get's caught up in the moment and pushes the linesman during Newcastle's 2-1 win over Tottenham yesterday.


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Assistant referee: Formerly known as the linesman, this person helps the referee to make decisions during the game, including offsides, throw-ins and off-the-ball incidents.

Fluminense kit man faces 12 match ban for attempted linesman attack

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In this edition of "When kit men attack" we have the case of Fluminense's kit man having a bit of a freakout over a disallowed goal. Late in a scoreless match against Atletico Mineiro, Fluminense had a goal ruled offside (video above). Several Fluminense players ran over the linesman and gave him a talking to, but it's the man who didn't quite make it that now faces a ban of up to 12 matches.

RBNY vs Sounders: I'll Take The Point

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It was Freddy Montero Day again @The Cathedral of Football. The Colombian forward, who did not wish to see his streak of always killing us end, scored a sensational equalizing goal that earned the visiting Seattle Sounders a 2-2 draw against the Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls got off to a horrible start, with Seattle having the better of play in the opening minutes.


Union 4-0 Sporting KC in pictures

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The opening of a great day of Union soccer.

The coaching staff and bench take in the national anthem.

Not many changes in this week's starting line up.

Lionard Pajoy's back heel sets up...


US Open Cup: Union vs. DC in photos

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The players take the pitch at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

The starting XI for the evening.

Amobi Okugo pushes the ball up the field.

Freddy Adu moves in to block a pass.

Lionard Pajoy fends off Daniel Woolard.

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USA 0, Canada 0: A Look Back

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There were no goals, and few quality scoring chances, only question marks and some concern for the U.S. national team as it heads toward World Cup qualifying following Sunday's 0-0 draw against Canada.

Credit to the Canadians, they stayed organized and compact and never let the Americans get comfortable in the final third.

Analysis: Canada 0-0 USA

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This game was a bit dead. With Clint Dempsey getting the start, the pre-game hype machine was ready for some fireworks, but Fabian Johnson's very late withdrawal during warmups threw something of a wet blanket over proceedings, and the game never sparked to life.

The first half was dull, frankly.

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Aston Villa: Leandro Bacuna Given Six-Match Ban For Aggressively Nuzzling Linesman (Video)

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Aston Villa will have to do without the services of Leandro Bacuna for the next six matches after the midfielder received a hefty ban for assaulting a linesman.

The incident occurred in the final few secondsof Villa's game against Derby last Saturday, when the Dutchman gave the official an aggressive nuzzling over a disputed thrown-in.

Linesman Clocks Jordi Alba With Flag v Atletico Madrid

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Barcelona defender Jordi Alba goes down injured after linesman clocks him with his flag unintentionally may I add!

OTP Rebounds: Man City star Carlos Tevez KO’d by Wembley step, Kendall backs Big Dunc for Everton job and Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola re-creates a Lampard special

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Carlos Tevez and a linesman both succumbed to a potentially lethal step at Wembley [101GG] Former Everton boss Howard Kendall has backed Duncan Ferguson to become the club's new manager [BBC] Wigan's Callum McManaman has won his first England under-21 call-up... and he's off to the European Championships [Guardian] Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola recreates a [.

E.P. Grabs Win in Cup Opener

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FALL RIVER, Mass. Jimmy Hernandez and Armando Gomes each scored to steer East Providence to a 2-0 win over Lindo's ST in the first leg of LUSA Cup competition on Sunday at Billy Gonsalves Field.

Hernandez gave E.P. the early lead with an 8th minute strike while Gomes added an insurance goal in the 65th minute to cap the scoring.

New England 2 - 0 Columbus: Imbongo Helps Revs Snap Winless Streak

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The New England Revolution snapped their winless streak and ended their three game home-stand on a high note tonight with a 2-0 win over the Columbus Crew. With tonight's win the Revs have exceeded their 2011 point total by one point, bringing them to 28 points (7-14-7).

With international duty and injury-related absences for Saer Sene and Jerry Bengtson, Jay Heaps was forced to alter his starters at forward, opting for Diego Fagundez and Dimitry Imbongo.

RBNY vs Union: #COOP

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DOOP. That's the Philadelphia Union fan thing. I know, I know - It's silly. They play that horrible Doop, Doop, Doop song at their stadium, to no end, and they bombard Twitter with the #DOOP hash-tag. I got one for you, Doop boys! Wait for it, wait for it... #COOP!!!

As in Kenny F'ng Cooooooooooooper!

Reading turn down chance to buy AC Milan legend and offside king Filippo Inzaghi

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Italian poacher extraordinaire Fillipo Inzaghi has several fine accomplishments to his name, including the record for most hat-tricks scored in Serie A, and is the second most prolific scorer in European club competitions. But that fine pedigree was not quite enough to turn the shiny head of Reading manager Brian McDermott, who passed up the [.

Welcome aboard Dickson and Summy to the writing team at SoccerLimey !

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I wanted to take the time to introduce Dickson Leung and Summy Lo from "The Linesman's View" who will be contributing to our site at Soccer Limey in America. They have already shown through their work for their own blog, and also as contributing writers at Fanalistas (fanalistas.

Goal line technology introduced much to Michel Platini's chagrin

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It is official. FIFA finally ended the goal line technology debate that began seven years ago after Pedro Mendes's ghost goal against Man Utd was missed by the referee and the linesman. IFAB, the body that governs the game's rules and laws, approved goal line technology in Zurich yesterday.