referees

Real Madrid

Buffon should watch his mouth, says Italian ref chief

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Milan (AFP) – Italian referees’ chief Marcello Nicchi said Monday that Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon should think before lashing out at officials as he did during last week’s Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

Buffon was sent off for dissent by English referee Michael Oliver after he awarded Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty which sent the Spaniards into the semi-finals.

On This Day In 2014: Jose Mourinho Says Some Uncharacteristically ‘Nice’ Things About Referee Mike Dean

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On 19th April 2014, something unusual happened to Jose Mourinho. After a run of 77 undefeated games at Stamford Bridge (61 wins and 16 draws), he finally found himself on the losing side when the final whistle blew.

The shock was made all the greater by the fact thatSunderland, who were propping up the table, were the visitors on the day.

Tottenham Hotspur

Guardiola is right to be unhappy & Sorry Spurs

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Elneny's red card has been rescinded. His sending off could have been costly, the completely useless Andy Marriner clearly lost the plot when the game got heated (as it should be) Has Marriner been punished with a suspension or demotion? No, he hasn't Should he be?

The referee and two linesmen wrongly decided Sane was offside when scoring for MC last night possibly costing MC the victory and with it many millions of pounds.

Can VAR stop Spurs Cheating?

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An exciting game at Anfield left Mr. Klopp fuming and a few million viewers shaking their heads at another example of the lack of moral fibre in the Spurs Miscreants. Which , to be candid, comes as no real surprise.What is surprising is that following at least a dozen slo-mo replays there was disagreement about both penalty decisions.

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 [.

World Cup

Russia 2018: FIFA Name List Of World Cup Referees And Assistants, No British Representative For First Time In 80 Years

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FIFA have today released the list of match officials entrusted to oversee the 2018 World Cup and, for the first time in eight decades, not a single British referee or assistant has been included.

The list contains the names of 99 referees and assistants (36 of the former, 63 of the latter), though none hail from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland for the first time since the 1938 tournament.

Technology in Refereeing – Treat or Threat?

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Flash back to the England versus Germany match in the 2010 World Cup Knockout Stage, where Frank Lampard picks up the ball trickled off from Jermaine Defoe, and chips it over Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper of Germany; the ball hits the crossbar, bounces off the line, and Neuer quickly recovers it; Lampard raises his hands in celebration, but soon puts them over his head in disbelief, as the goal gets disallowed.

IFAB

La Liga begins training referees in VAR

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Madrid (AFP) – La Liga began training officials in the video assistant referee (VAR) system on Friday ahead of the technology’s expected introduction next season.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced it is seeking approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to roll out VAR in La Liga at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

La Liga begins training referees in VAR

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Madrid (AFP) – La Liga began training officials in the video assistant referee (VAR) system on Friday ahead of the technology’s expected introduction next season.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced it is seeking approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to roll out VAR in La Liga at the start of the 2018-19 campaign.

FA Confirm ‘Sin Bins’ Will Be Trialled In English Lower Leagues As Of Next Season

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Please feel free to enjoy this photo of a referee brandishing a yellow card

The FA have confirmed that they plan to trial 'sin bins' in the lower bouts of the English football league as of next season.

Officially referred to as "temporary dismissals", the experimental rule change will allow referees to punish players for dissent-related infringements by making them leave the field for 10 minutes.

FIFA approve testing of video replay technology to benefit referees

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The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which governs the rules of the game, has approved testing of video technology to aid match officials, it was announced on Saturday.

Experiments will be carried out over a two-year period starting no later than the 2017/18 season before a final decision is taken on whether to adopt the technology permanently.

FIFA approve testing of video replay technology to benefit referees

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The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which governs the rules of the game, has approved testing of video technology to aid match officials, it was announced on Saturday.

Experiments will be carried out over a two-year period starting no later than the 2017/18 season before a final decision is taken on whether to adopt the technology permanently.

Major League Soccer

MLS named as trial league for Video Assistant Referee system

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MLS joins leagues from Brazil, Germany and Australia in testing process.

Progress towards the use of a FIFA-sanctioned, real-time video review system for referees slowly continues. Major League Soccer announced Thursday that the league will be working with the International Football Association Board in the next phase of testing for the Video Assistant Referee project.

The SBI View: Instant replay not the solution to MLS's referee problems

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The first quarter of the MLS season is nearly over, and a major talking point throughout, deservedly, has been poor officiating. Referees have made calls that havebeen so controversial or poor that familiar cries for the implementation of instant replay have resurfaced across the league.

Video: Ever wonder what it's like to be a referee?

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Being a soccer referee is a tough job. It takes a mental and physical toll to keep up with 22 athletes on the pitch while also trying to make sound judgments.

Referees often take a verbal beating, and on rare occasions, even face physical confrontation, but in a profession where subjectivity needs to as objective as possible, there's really no winning to being an official sometimes.

THE STARTING 11: Baldomero Toledo pastimes

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No two words strike fear into the hearts of MLS supporters more than: Baldomero Toledo. The name is whispered in terror across pre-match terraces; alerted across new media like an oncoming tornado warning... grown men have shed single dramatic tears of impending doom upon its utterance. He is but one man but if he has been selected to officiate your MLS match you can be sure of one thing.

English Premier League

Watch Everton 1-0 Burnley match highlights [VIDEO]

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche claims his side are being punished for playing the game the right way and not haranguing referees in order to win decisions.

The Clarets lost 1-0 at Everton after Ashley Barnes was sent off on the stroke of half-time for two bookable offenses yet Toffees goalscorer Kevin Mirallas escaped with only a yellow card for a studs-up challenge on George Boyd.

Watch Everton 1-0 Burnley match highlights [VIDEO]

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche claims his side are being punished for playing the game the right way and not haranguing referees in order to win decisions.

The Clarets lost 1-0 at Everton after Ashley Barnes was sent off on the stroke of half-time for two bookable offenses yet Toffees goalscorer Kevin Mirallas escaped with only a yellow card for a studs-up challenge on George Boyd.

If

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If referees in the Premier League earn a couple of grand per week while officiating on matches with global betting volumes of £5 billion,
If referees for all Premier League games are selected by just one individual;
If referees work with agents to promote the agents' clients on the field of play,
If referees are at the root of most matchfixing crises:


If bookmakers accept insider trading merely treating it as competitive advantage in the marketplace, If bookmakers trade such knowledge at dark pool poker tables of corruption; If bookmakers own football clubs and, on occasions, coerce players to perform appropriately, If bookmakers create spot markets to corrupt the minutiae of in-play actions:

If agents are non-regulated and are the primary lubrication of criminalities in the sport, If agents work together in a fragmented cartel to pool ownership of players to solicit matchfixing; If agents are engaging in third party ownership and the trafficking of children from developing countries, If agents pay backhanders to managers to pick certain players for mutual benefit:

If institutional bodies decide on winners and losers according to private agendas of power and marketing, If institutional bodies incorporate systemic corruptions at top levels of the game; If institutional bodies established to monitor insider trading and matchfixing are infrastructurally compromised, If there are no global, EU or governmental actions to confront these corruptions:

If clubs, owners, managers, referees, agents, administrators and players bet on the outcomes of games, If clubs exert power over lesser clubs in the same leagues with agreed outcomes being the norm; If clubs focus more on unearthing lucrative marketing deals than on winning trophies, If clubs built on debt can only survive by matchfixing their games:

If coercion, threats, menaces, violence and murders are the primary modes of controlling non-acquiescent individuals, If transnational organised crime and global mafiosi are actively involved at all levels of corruption; If suitcases of cash and offshore illicit money flows are the norm in financial transactions, If there are administrators who facilitate these corruptions based on laissez faire capitalism:

If the Fit-and-Proper-Person Test results in clubs being owned by entirely unfit and entirely improper individuals,
If owners take over clubs to asset strip and to monetise the debris via inversion capitalism; If money laundering, fraud, utilisation of offshore financial centres and beneficial ownership is the norm, If clubs are held offshore for tax and/or regulatory avoidance to the benefit of the owners:

If spurious and fake arguments are repeatedly made against the use of video technology in the sport,
If there are no laws against insider trading and no Commitment of Traders' reports;
If there is widespread use of performance enhancing substances and their related masking agents, If the market capitalisation of major clubs is dwarfed by global betting turnover on any of their matches:

If fans and the public are kept in the dark about all these machinations due to a blackout by the mainstream media, If there is nowhere for whistleblowers to go with information about corruptions; If the reward for being a criminalised player is a lifelong role as a media analyst or commentator, If huge fortunes are being made while meritocracy is always trumped by the performativity of corrupt practices:

Then FOOTBALL IS FIXED as is everything within it, And - what is more - there are very few men of integrity, my son.

The Standard of Refereeing in the Premier League

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The Standard of Refereeing in the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The standard of refereeing in the Premier League has long been a matter of great debate. It is all too easy to criticise referee's but as you watch pundits and analysts show eight replays of an incident in super slow motion before lambasting a referee for not spotting that a centre-half actually got a toe-end on the ball before making contact with the man, one ought not forget the circumstances in which referees operate.

Referee Complaints: A Part of the Game, or Pulling the Game Apart?

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While excited about this course, I have not grown up with much soccer background. I play lacrosse and also participated in football and basketball. The soccer culture is unfamiliar to me, and although I have watched a few World Cups now, did not understand the lifestyle anddie-hard passion soccer fans overseas have for their teams until I spent time in Florence this summer during the World Cup.

How poor is the officiating in the Premier League?

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Not a week goes by without us reading complaints about the standard of refereeing in the Premier League. The complaints are not isolated to just our team, unfortunately they have become common place. Hardly a week goes by without a manager being fined, sent to the stands or suspended.

My ten questions are simple –

  1. Are we being fair to the officials?

If

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If referees in the Premier League earn a couple of grand per week while officiating on matches with global betting volumes of £5 billion,
If referees for all Premier League games are selected by just one individual;
If referees work with agents to promote the agents' clients on the field of play,
If referees are at the root of most matchfixing crises:

If bookmakers accept insider trading merely treating it as competitive advantage in the marketplace, If bookmakers trade such knowledge at dark pool poker tables of corruption; If bookmakers own football clubs and, on occasions, coerce players to perform appropriately, If bookmakers create spot markets to corrupt the minutiae of in-play actions:

If agents are non-regulated and are the primary lubrication of criminalities in the sport, If agents work together in a fragmented cartel to pool ownership of players to solicit matchfixing; If agents are engaging in third party ownership and the trafficking of children from developing countries, If agents pay backhanders to managers to pick certain players for mutual benefit:

If institutional bodies decide on winners and losers according to private agendas of power and marketing, If institutional bodies incorporate systemic corruptions at top levels of the game; If institutional bodies established to monitor insider trading and matchfixing are infrastructurally compromised, If there are no global, EU or governmental actions to confront these corruptions:

If clubs, owners, managers, referees, agents, administrators and players bet on the outcomes of games, If clubs exert power over lesser clubs in the same leagues with agreed outcomes being the norm; If clubs focus more on unearthing lucrative marketing deals than on winning trophies, If clubs built on debt can only survive by matchfixing their games:

If coercion, threats, menaces, violence and murders are the primary modes of controlling non-acquiescent individuals, If transnational organised crime and global mafiosi are actively involved at all levels of corruption; If suitcases of cash and offshore illicit money flows are the norm in financial transactions, If there are administrators who facilitate these corruptions based on laissez faire capitalism:

If the Fit-and-Proper-Person Test results in clubs being owned by entirely unfit and entirely improper individuals,
If owners take over clubs to asset strip and to monetise the debris via inversion capitalism; If money laundering, fraud, utilisation of offshore financial centres and beneficial ownership is the norm, If clubs are held offshore for tax and/or regulatory avoidance to the benefit of the owners:

If spurious and fake arguments are repeatedly made against the use of video technology in the sport,
If there are no laws against insider trading and no Commitment of Traders' reports;
If there is widespread use of performance enhancing substances and their related masking agents, If the market capitalisation of major clubs is dwarfed by global betting turnover on any of their matches:

If fans and the public are kept in the dark about all these machinations due to a blackout by the mainstream media, If there is nowhere for whistleblowers to go with information about corruptions; If the reward for being a criminalised player is a lifelong role as a media analyst or commentator, If huge fortunes are being made while meritocracy is always trumped by the performativity of corrupt practices:

Then FOOTBALL IS FIXED as is everything within it, And - what is more - there are very few men of integrity, my son.

Do Arsenal have to beat Man City AND officials to win title?

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Sin City by Big Gun Dear Arsenal fans, I was reading an interesting article earlier about how Man City are turning into the new Man United. Ever since the departure of Alex Ferguson, United seemed to have the odds stacked against them. Many are saying they have lost the fear factor they used to beat [.

Why this BPL title would be Wenger’s best Arsenal achievement

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Winning this title would be Wenger's greatest achievement. by NS Going a full league season unbeaten was an incredible feat for Arsenal back in the 2003/2004 season. Like many, I doubted that Arsenal, or any club for that matter, could surpass it. Since then, the football landscape has changed. Chelsea, a club that had offered [.

Oi Ref …. You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

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It is only fair to say from the outset that if you are not interested in the way we fans are involved in the running of our favourite sport, and the idiosyncrasies of referees — do not read on!

We have from time to time on AA discussed refereeing inconsistencies with heated debate frequently ensuing and the antics of the officials this week end should make them hang their heads in shame.

Oi Ref …. You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

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It is only fair to say from the outset that if you are not interested in the way we fans are involved in the running of our favourite sport, and the idiosyncrasies of referees — do not read on!

We have from time to time on AA discussed refereeing inconsistencies with heated debate frequently ensuing and the antics of the officials this week end should make them hang their heads in shame.

Arsenal rivals beware! Gunners’ luck is finally turning

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There have been a few signs recently that the football gods are finally starting to pick on someone else. Arsenal have been plagued with bad luck since before the start of the season, with injuries, illness, cup draws and bad refereeing decisions all conspiring to try and disturb the quest to end an eight year [.

Surely Arsenal MUST be due some GOOD luck soon FFS

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I know that I might be just a tiny bit biased towards Arsenal, but I was dismayed on Saturday when the Gunners were yet again the victims of a couple of poor decisions by the referee, Gnabry's penalty and Arteta's red card. It didn't cost us this time, apart from Mikel Arteta having to miss [...]

Brazil

Top ten worst things of the World Cup

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I am back to my dull and boring life. Without anything useful to do besides changing a flat tire on my car, I have reflected on the top ten worst things of this world cup. There was a lot of shit to consider, from the social problems in Brazil that perhaps became more prominent during the World Cup. But more directly related to the tournament these are the ten worst (and believe me, it was not

Day 1 of the World Cup: Monrovia, Liberia

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It was a tough day. Not only for me, but also to a bunch of football players in Brazil. I was tired when the opening match started and so it seemed that 22 players from Brazil and Croatia were. It was a slow match, with only occasional outburst of class. Seen over the entire match Brazil's victory was well-deserved, but I think it left a bit of a sour taste for all the football fans who love

The Rest

Geiger, Marrufo, Villareal among refs selected for Copa America Centenario

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Three faces familiar to the U.S. Soccer scene will be presiding over games during this summer's Copa America Centenario.

The local organizing committee of the tournament announced on Wednesday the match officialsthat will be in charge of matches during the upcoming Copa America Centenario, and U.

The politics of dancing (or refereeing or whatever)

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Good day to you all.

It's quite something when the biggest story of the day is how Jon Moss is going to referee the FA Cup final in May. The former Culture Club drummer got the nod over Mark Clattenburg, much to the surprise of everyone. Including, it seems Mark Clattenburg, who was expecting to be in charge of the game.

At least our last two referees weren't criminals

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If you thought Silviu Petrescu and Allen Chapman were bad, just wait...

PRO Referees - the refereeing organization who assigns referees for MLS matches - has released its weekly refereeing assignments. Allen Chapman, who refereed the Philadelphia Union's match against Real Salt Lake and called Maurice Edu for a penalty for fouling Luke Mulholland - who even admitted the call was wrong and it wasn't a penalty - isn't suspended yet.

10 Paris guys defeat 12 Chelsea guys

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Paris St. Germain showed what it is to fight against a Chelsea team that is difficult to say anything nice about. Chelsea plays arrogantly, as if they could just walk through this match, and with some characters who behave like cheating mafiosi. And on top, the referee was Chelsea's 12th man on the pitch: Ibrahimovic got a tough direct card when all he was doing was trying not to hurt an

The life of Riley

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Not a lot going on this morning unfortunately, although I see our old pals the referees are making headlines again.

The prodigious and consistent ineptitude is such that you might almost start to think it's deliberate. The man in question yesterday, Anthony Taylor. He sent West Brom down to 10 men for this.

Should we remove penalties from the game?

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"What they should do is to get rid of penalties altogether?"

A friend made this suggestion to me the other day and once I started thinking about it, it seemed to make a fair bit of sense. So here goes.

Recent discussions on AA have focused on referees and how difficult it is for them to sort the wheat from the chaff when player behaviour is designed to deceive.

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT : Toronto v Kansas City... Or this is gonna hurt bad, isn't it?

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Typically these reports have a pinch of optimism. Be it for Chad "The Chad" Barrett, Gilberto or even Nick Soolsma. It is a drive to find light in a perpetual shitstorm of regular performances. And lately the reports have had equalish measure optimism and pessimism. I read that was "real journalism" somewhere.

This ridiculous Cisse farce has gone on for too long now

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In case you missed it, Papiss Cisse had yet another perfectly good goal ruled out as offside against Norwich on Saturday, yet another linesman seemingly judging Cisse on his reputation, rather than what he could actually see. Luckily for Newcastle United, they still won 2-1 and got the three points so all was well that [.

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 [.