CONCACAF announces referee reform after Gold Cup blunders

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Controversial calls and admitted referee errors that helped Mexico win last year's Gold Cup have led to a restructured referee department for soccer's governing body in North America. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced changes Wednesday after releasing a 5 1/2-month review of its referee department in the wake of last July's Gold Cup.

CONCACAF announces referee reform after Gold Cup blunders

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Controversial calls and admitted referee errors that helped Mexico win last year's Gold Cup have led to a restructured referee department for soccer's governing body in North America. The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced changes Wednesday after releasing a 5 1/2-month review of its referee department in the wake of last July's Gold Cup.


VIDEO: Did United deserve a penalty against Newcastle?

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Former Premier League referee David Elleray said the referee's interpretation depends on whether the hand or arm is in an "unnatural" position at the point of contact. "Referees look at two specifics did the hand or arm go towards the ball or in a manner which would block the ball, or is the hand in a position where it would not normally be?

Referee Lee Mason Takes Out Two Players, Should Have Been Sent Off!

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Referee Lee Mason took two players out of it during last nights League Cup Semmi-Final at Old Trafford last night like as boss.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticises Spurs ‘special guy’ Jan Vertonghen

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Jose Mourinho has branded Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen as the 'special guy' for his apparent ability to influence referees. The Chelsea boss was infuriated by the Belgian's role in Fernando Torres' red card, which came in the same week that he had managed to avoid conceding a penalty despite pulling down the shorts of Aston [.

Video: Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom sent-off for kicking out (Finland U21 1-1 England U21

Off the Post at related • 0 views Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was shown a red card while captaining England Under-21s last night. The Reds right-back kicked out at a Finnish opponent right in front of the referee with 16 minutes remaining in last night's 1-1 draw. A free-kick had already been awarded against Wisdom when showing that his surname might [.

Video: Sulley Muntari steals ref’s yellow card, books AC Milan team-mate Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli was booked during AC Milan's win against Torino at the weeked... by team-mate Sulley Muntari. The former Manchester City striker scored a late winner in the match and removed his shirt during the goal celebration. Seeing that the referee was about to dish out the inevitable yellow card to his team-mate, Muntari pinched [.

Video: Andy Carroll vs Wayne Rooney (West Ham 2-2 Manchester United)

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Occasional England team-mates Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney clashed during last night's West Ham versus Manchester United match. The pair tangled at the corner that led to Carroll's head-first assault on David De Gea. After a bit of usual set-piece pushing and shoving, Rooney appeared to tread on Carroll's foot, Sunday League style.

Video: Ref Mark Clattenburg forgets his cards (Reading 0-0 Liverpool)

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Referee Mark Clattenburg suffered an embarrassing moment during yesterday's encounter between Reading and Liverpool when he realised he had forgotten his cards. Clattenburg forgot to bring his notepad and yellow and red cards out for the second-half of the match. He only realised he had left the items in his dressing room when he attempted [.

Kitman: Barnsley play in Crystal Palace’s away kit

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Barnsley were forced to play their Championship clash with Crystal Palace in their opponents' away kit on Saturday. Ahead of the match, referee Kevin Stroud decided that both Barnsley's home and away strips were to similar to Palace's red and blue home kit. Left with no suitable kit to wear, the Tykes had to don [.


The REAL reason Arsenal are struggling in EPL?

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I suppose it is a bit hard on Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players to say that we are struggling in the Premier League title race, as the Gunners sit just two points off the league leaders Man City. However, with just two points from our last three league games, the table should bea much [...]

Arsenal’s opponents blame the referee for a change!

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Arsene Wenger and Per Mertesacker have already admitted that Arsenal were very lucky to beat Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon. The first bit of luck was when the Gunners were awarded a penalty in the 6th minute, and subsequent slow-motion replays showed that the foul was actually committed otside the box.

Time for Arsenal to get NASTY?

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Thoughts on Arsenal for 2015 by DN Happy New Year Arsenal fans. Despite the fact that 2015 got off to a pretty terrible start, I am trying to stay positive and although the chances of us winning the Premier League title seem to be all done and dusted, we are still in Europe with a [...]

How BIG decisions have piled UNFAIR pressure on Arsenal boss!

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Wenger should not take so much blame from Arsenal fans by Sam P I know that I am not the only Arsenal fan to still think that Arsene Wenger is the right manager to take the club forward and should be getting respect from the Arsenal fans rather than having to run a gauntlet of [...]

Wenger – The referee cost Arsenal the game

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We are still all in shock after Arsenal's defeat to Stoke yesterday, and Arsene Wenger thinks that his strike force was ineffectual, but the defeat was simply down to a bad decision by the referee who awarded Stoke a penalty. Wenger said on "I felt we had a good defensive performance and overall we [.

The 3 keys to Arsenal beating Bayern Munich

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Let's not kid ourselves Arsenal fans, Bayern Munich are strong favourites to retain their Champions League crown this season for good reason. They may be without Franck Ribery, Shaqiri and Badstuber but they have an awesome array of talent and the Gunners, as Per Mertesacker declared, will need to perform brilliantly and for things to [.

Arsenal need some luck but title rivals are getting it all

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Arsenal head to Aston Villa tonight needing a win to go back to the top of the Premier League. Chelsea rode their luck a bit in the first half against Hull and came out winners, then Manchester City survived a tough test away to Newcastle, so Arsenal are back in third and have to win [...]

Wenger – The referee didn’t help Arsenal

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All Arsenal fans have got used to Arsene Wenger failing to see errors by his own team on the pitch, but blaming the referee when opponents get away with the slightest infringement, but after last nights game, it would seem that Wenger is correct in saying that Chelsea were helped by Mike Dean's decisions.

Arsenal hoping for a good game from referee Oliver

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A lot of Arsenal fans will have some concern about tomorrow's game against Manchester United, as traditionally there has been a feeling that the Old Trafford factor or the influence of Alex Ferguson has caused referees to be somewhat generous to the home side. The man in charge tomorrow will be Michael Oliver, and I [.

Howard Webb swaps shirts after being bitten by midges (Newcastle vs Arsenal)

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Referee Howard Webb and his team of officials swapped shirts at half-time during yesterday's match between Newcastle and Arsenal amid fears that their yellow jerseys were irresistible to Tyneside's insect life. After being bitten by midges in the first-half, Webb and his assistants swapped to green shirts at half-time.

Video: Argentinian referee pushes manager

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It's all too common to see footballers and coaches laying their hands onto match officials, but your rarely see the refs fight back. That's exactly what referee Juan Pompei did as he struggled to keep a lid on a bad-tempered match between Newell's Old Boys and Arsenal. The video above gives you a taster of [.

Why Arsenal’s draw against Everton is NOT a disaster!!

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There is little doubt that Arsenal should have won the game against Everton at the Emirates last night, but it seems to me that a lot of fans are taking it too hard. Yes, it was a great chance for the Gunners to fire themselves into a commanding position in the Premier League, but we are still in with a very good chance.

Arsenal v Everton – Wenger regrets not winning physical battle

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Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal should have taken their chances and also won all three points in last night's match against Everton, and he thinks that David Moyes' men were overly ïntimidating" at times. Wenger was asked what his thoughts were after the match: "My first answer is that we should have won the game.

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The FA Three-Man Panel – Time For A Change Already?

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After Yaya Toure was left off the hook for his kick on Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and Craig Bellamy's three-game ban for his incident with Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman, the Football Association has been under a lot of criticism. In the case of Yaya Toure, I am not sure how he escaped any type of fine or ban.

Premier League to use Hawkeye goal-line technology from next season

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All Premier League matches will use goal-line technology from the start of next season. Representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs ratified a decision to implement Hawkeye technology from next season. The Community Shield at Wembley is likely to be the first game in English football to use the technology.

Referee Mark Halsey Dropped From Premier League Matches For Second Week In A Row

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Referee Mark Halsey has been dropped from refereeing matches in the Premier League for the second week in a row.

Halsey was the referee who missed Callum McManaman's horror tackle on Newcastle United's Massadio Haidara. After Halsey missed the controversial tackle in the Premier League match in March, the referee was dropped from last weekend's Premier League matches in England and Wales.


Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson was on texting terms with ref Mark Halsey

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Opposition fans have always felt that referees didn't do them any favours at Old Trafford, so you can understand the controversy surrounding the revelations that Sir Alex Ferguson used to text referee Hark Halsey. The details are revealed in Halsey's new book in which the ref admits texting Fergie, including to get his support for [.

Careful, the referee has a camera and can capture your every...

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Careful, the referee has a camera and can capture your every move

As common as the notion of an All Star Game is in American sports, it remains a novelty in football. And because of the sheer global nature of the game that makes it impossible to truly get the world's best players together, the MLS All Star Game always seems to be a great midsummer event when the world is only consumed by (other) meaningless friendlies.

South African pitch invader smacks referee with a vuvuzela

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Throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa there were calls to ban the vuvuzela, primarily because of the ear drum-persecuting drone that they insist upon. Now there's an even more pressing reason to cork the plastic horns one has been used to assault a match official! The sour note happened in the first [.


GIF It: Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson attempts to score the greatest own goal ever

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Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson nearly scored the best own goal of all time during yesterday's victory over Everton. The Sweden international unleashed an overhit 45-yard backpass that very nearly lobbed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. Mignolet was forced into emergency action and had to catch the ball before it sailed over his head and into the net.

Fernando Torres wears some fake glasses over his mask (Chelsea vs Manchester City)

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Fearing he didn't look daft enough wearing his mask, Fernando Torres (or Zorres as he's been renamed by virtue of the mask) donned a pair of fake spectacles during this afternoon's FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City. The Spaniard was displeased at referee Chris Foy's failure to award him a penalty in the closing [.

GIF It: Callum McManaman’s horror tackle on Massadio Haidara (Wigan 2-1 Newcastle)

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The biggest talking point of Wigan's victory over Newcastle this afternoon was this outrageous tackle from Callum McManaman. The Latics youngster put Newcastle full-back Massadio Haidara in hospital with a crazy knee-high challenge, which went unpunished by referee Mark Halsey.

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Clarence Seedorf gets first ever red card for ‘leaving pitch the wrong way’

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According to, Clarence Seedorf had played more than 800 matches over more than 20 years without ever getting a red card in his career. But that impressive streak came to an end just before the final whistle in Botafogo's 2-1 win against Madureira when he was booked twice for not leaving the pitch in a fashion the referee found suitable upon being substituted.

Van Persie: UEFA Are Cowardly For Backing Ref

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Robin van Persie is still frustrating by the ridiculous decision to send Nani off during our Round of 16 game against Real Madrid.

According to the Laws of the game, at worst it was a yellow card, but the referee incorrectly opted to send Nani off. FIFA Law 12: If a player plays in a dangerous manner in a "normal" challenge, the referee should not take any disciplinary action.

The Rest

Referee the Talking Point in KC Draw with Houston

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Last night was what you'd expect from KC game, a rough, tight game with a number of fouls, cards, and even a red card. It also had it's fair share of controversy through out the game and especially at the end of the game when a hand ball in the box was not called. Referee Jorge Gonzalez had a less than stellar night overall, but the think he'll most be remembered for will be the missed hand ball in the box by Luis Garrido in second half stoppage time.

Referee Forced To Abandon Peruvian Cup Game After Five Players Feign Injury At Same Time

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A referee was forced to suspenda cup tie in northern Peru over the weekend after five players went down injured eight minutes from time in a bid to get the game abandoned.

According to the local press, Defensor Bolivar were losing 4-1 in the first leg of the Copa Peru semi-final against Defensor La Bocana on Sunday afternoon and as such, five Bolivar players went down in unison.

Is Arsenal boss right to put pressure on referee?

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There is no doubt whatsoever that Arsenal's chances in the home leg against Bayern Munich were destroyed by the referee. Whether he was right or wrong to send off Wojciech Szczesny, when Robben seemed to have tipped the ball quite far away from goal, is not the dicussion here. The fact is that it ruined [.

Disappointment for Dnipro as dismissal ruins chances

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A controversial red card swings in Spurs' favour to secure their place in the Europa League last 16, but what can be done to reduce seemingly unjust decision making?

Minutes into the second half and the Europa League game between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Tottenham Hotspur is finally heating up, with Roman Zozulya putting one past Hugo Lloris to take the lead at White Hart Lane, doubling their aggregate and gaining the away goal.

Irate Bulgarian coach steals referee’s cards and chucks them away

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This has to be one of the most entertaining andunbelievable hissy-fits we have ever witnessed from a football manager. The match in question is a top-tier Bulgarian clash between CSKA Sofia and Botev Vratsa and the madness kicks off when a Botev player concedes a red card for a handball in his own area.

South African pitch invader attacks referee with a vuvuzela during Kaizer Chiefs match

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For years now, the droning buzz of vuvuzelas has assaulted everyone's ears. But now the plastic horns themselves are being used as weapons against referees. During Saturday's South African Premier League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Golden Arrows, two fans were so angry about the referee's decision to show a red card that they stormed the pitch and one of them hit the ref with his vuvuzela.