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  1. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Swansea ball boy's act against Chelsea reflects poor gamesmanship in soccer

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... boys reflects 'win-at-all-costs' attitude Chelsea's Eden Hazard created his own danger zone for kicking, or appearing to kick, a misbehaving ball boy. Referee Chris Foy did not see the incident, when Swansea were protecting a 2-0 aggregate score against Chelsea during the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at the Liberty Stadium last month. Foy, instead, relied ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Goalkeepers are easy pickings for strikers 'trawling' for a penalty

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 12:13am by William Lai

    ... Three days before New Year's Day, Webb also avoided making big decisions during the Chelsea and Liverpool match when he did not award a penalty to Luis Suarez or send off Samuel Eto'o, ... players there are crafty players who deliberately exploit this fact, such as Chelsea forward Oscar. On New Year's Day, Oscar effortlessly clipped the ball away from Southampton keeper Kelvin ...

  3. 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

    ... the spotlight for his decision to award a last-gasp penalty to Chelsea last month. Riley's sign of weakness has riled many match officials because it has apparently opened the gates of the asylum William Lai This was because privileged Chelsea were staring at the jaws of a 2-1 home defeat by unfashionable West Bromwich Albion, which would also have snapped Blues manager Jose ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    A chat with Marcel Desailly

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

    ... again. Rational Ref tackled him on some topical issues.. Desailly, 44, revealed he had just completed his Uefa Pro Licence in England, meaning the former France and Chelsea captain is now ... to Chelsea in 1998, England was really quite old fashioned in terms of diet, conditioning, and not resting players the day before the game. At the Milan lab, they were into preventing injuries, ...

  5. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    No accounting for rationality when 'luck' is on the line

    Posted Jun 21st 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... match. Throughout his Chelsea career, Didier Drogba wore his "lucky" pair of boxer shorts. But towards the crucial end of the 2011-2012 season, which was Drogba's final season with Chelsea, he admitted he could no longer wear them because they were "full of holes". Drogba abandoned his lucky boxer shorts and promptly won the FA Cup and Champions League with Chelsea ...

  6. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Weighty issue of fitness has an element of luck

    Posted Aug 09th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... consistently gritty performances at West Ham United. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho even fashioned his club's Players' Player of the Year award so unsung workhorse Claude Makelele's would ... public refusal to boost Makelele's meagre contract compared with his Galacticos teammates and instead sold him off to Chelsea by criticising his technical abilities: "We will not miss ...

  7. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Fifa revisits offside rules

    Posted Jul 19th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... there will be less abuse of match officials on contentious decisions … although there is the notable return of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Agree or disagree? Contact Rational Ref at rationalref@gmail.com ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Shin guards must protect the legs

    Posted Jun 28th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... obviously do not provide adequate protection. Chelsea captain John Terry is one example of a player who defies good sense by wearing pathetically petite pads. The majority of players wear standard ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - RATIONAL REF

    Education, not 'Olympic spirit', is solution to bad behaviour in soccer

    Posted Aug 24th 2012, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... challenges a referee's decision it undermines the respect campaign. During the pre-season Community Shield, when referee Kevin Friend correctly awarded a red card to Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic for his two-footed, studs-up challenge on Manchester City forward and fellow Serbian Aleksandar Kolarov, Chelsea players immediately surrounded and hounded him. Players do not have ...

  10. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Rational Ref: Time to get serious on 'shirty' acts

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... political, religious, commercial or personal. When Everton's Steven Pienaar scored against Chelsea over the Christmas period, his statement was "God is Great". Manchester City's ...




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