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  1. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    English Premier League's video technology will help referees

    Posted Aug 16th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... will be glued to their screens for the fantastically packaged digital video product called the English Premier League. In the modern era, continued advances in video technology have allowed fans ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Men in black well placed to choose the best

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 10:12pm by William Lai

    ... of fair play. Are there other alternatives or improvements to this faulty voting system? In the English Premier League, it is television commentators of live televised matches who have the dubious ...

  3. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Hong Kong matches just as thrilling as English Premier League

    Posted Nov 16th 2012, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... English Premier League, and if these are the bare necessities of great soccer than Hong Kong deserves more attention than it receives. In the first month of this season, there were 75 goals in 20 ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Character of Howard Webb shines through when it counts

    Posted Nov 21st 2013, 09:35pm by William Lai

    ... William Lai Much-maligned English referee was spot on with his decisions in a key World Cup play-off match Character of Webb shines through when it counts Individuals under the spotlight ... conceited Swedish Norse god and a tough thick-skinned British bulldog. No offence but I meant, of course, Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic and top English ...

  5. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Sorry seems to be the easiest word for referees' boss Mike Riley

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 09:25pm by William Lai

    ... is one of the main responsibilities of the job. It has been estimated a referee makes about 800 voluntary decisions in a single match. English Premier League referee Andre Marriner was put under ... season's FA Cup final between Manchester City and Wigan, which is the English game's traditional recognition of a top-performing referee. The rules of the game state: "The decisions ...

  6. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    No quarter given to match officials in the line of fire

    Posted Oct 11th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... criticism. Hart, 26, has made more than one mistake in 18 months. This season he has made blunders at club competitions and international level; most notably in the English Premier League against ...

  7. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    A balance between tit and tat

    Posted Sep 06th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... of a region's or country's playing style. The British style has long been regarded as being highly physical. The Scottish Premier League and English Premier League epitomise this rough and tough ... not a characteristic of your game. Tackling is a [last] resort, and you will need it, but it isn't a quality to aspire to. It's hard to change because it's so rooted in the English football ...

  8. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Level the playing field in Hong Kong for foreigners who want to qualify as soccer coaches

    Posted Aug 30th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... the rub. The HKFA's official coaching courses are conducted in Chinese, with no provisions for English translations. Contrast this to the recent HKFA coaching seminar presented by Hong Kong head coach Kim Pan-gon to all registered coaches with a "C" licence or above. It was conducted in English, and Chinese translation was provided. Just as Hong Kong soccer has opened up ...

  9. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Authorities must make clear to LGBT players that football is for all

    Posted Sep 13th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... their stance on all forms of discrimination. For example, the English FA promotes an Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, whereby players, managers, clubs and match officials acknowledge, ...

  10. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    In search of the 'spirit' of the game of soccer

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... Sutcliffe, the document has been translated for the first time into English as part of the association's commitment to become more bilingual. The document is important and will further develop ... The first sentence of the English version states: "Players and team/match officials shall at all time [sic] play football in the spirit of the game." Strangely, there is no official ...




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