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  1. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Behold the four pillars of Dogso

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 09:55pm by William Lai

    ... the Bosnian's legs got in a tangle. Lest we forget, there is a good reason why the triple punishment is in place William Lai In last week's Champions League matches, there were two red cards due ... in the same position as Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson would have likely given a penalty and not a free kick. There are even detractors of Dogso's sanctions of a red card, penalty and future ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

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

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

    ... "scandalous". "If you follow through on a player anywhere else on the pitch with your foot high, it would be a sending off and a red card. You couldn't do that anywhere else. It's ... for a double whammy (ie, a penalty and a red card against his opponent). Mourinho, however, refused to reprimand his player. The FA should charge Oscar and Mourinho for unsporting behaviour and acting ...

  3. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Character of Howard Webb shines through when it counts

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

    ... Sweden claimed Webb would permit them to tackle harder and be more physical without fear of incurring yellow cards. They said Webb would punish tricky players such as Ronaldo for diving and other antics. Webb is best known for the 2010 World Cup final where he missed issuing a red card to Holland's Nigel De Jong for a kung-fu kick on Spain's Xabi Alonso, which led ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Observations on Fifa's Confederations Cup

    Posted Jul 05th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... quickly sent Irmatov home and to his credit Irmatov has admitted his mistake. Although he remains one of the world's best referees Irmatov's credibility has surely taken a dive. Warren ... Buffon a yellow card instead. Sometimes these incidents can escalate and affect the referee's thought processes Sometimes these incidents can escalate and affect the referee's thought ...

  5. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Players talk too much

    Posted Sep 27th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... a yellow card, his second of the match, for approaching and challenging referee Luca Banti after the final whistle. In addition to the automatic one-match ban, there is an additional two-match ban ...

  6. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Referees need rules to deal with offensive language on the field

    Posted Aug 23rd 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... it is the match referee who is responsible for deciding what is permissible and what is not. The trouble is, referees have no guidelines. What may offend one referee and elicit a red card, another may ... and "retard". These guidelines are great for the terraces, but are they considered red-card offences on the field of play? Since referees have not been specifically advised about these terms, they have ...

  7. 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

    ... league that promotes "Show Racism the Red Card", which is an anti-racism movement in soccer. It would be progressive if other local competition organisers publicly clarified ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Champions League final supports argument for weak refereeing

    Posted Jun 07th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai Official's decision not to brandish red cards in Champions League final ultimately led to more entertaining showpiece for Uefa Arguing the toss for weak refereeing Do you ... Rizzoli made some major mistakes that were quickly forgotten in the aftermath of Bayern Munich's expected triumph. He missed red cards for two Bayern players, which would have altered ...

  9. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Pandora's Box to remain ajar without consistency

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai Recent ruling by FA's regulatory committee to overturn red card decision creates doubt and confusion both on and off the field Pandora's Box to remain ajar without consistency Unforeseen troubles for referees lie ahead because of the FA's decision to rescind Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's red card for what match referee Mike Dean deemed ...

  10. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Roberto Mancini needs to learn that no-one likes a supergrass in Britain

    Posted Oct 12th 2012, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... to get players booked by gesturing imaginary cards to match officials. He has had touchline altercations with Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Mark Hughes and Tony Pulis and also players like Steven ... which riled Lambert. "I asked only if there was a yellow card- without moving my hands [there was no waving of imaginary cards]- with the fourth official and [Lambert] comes over to me. ...




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