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  1. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    A balance between tit and tat

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

    ... William Lai The physical elements of the game vary widely, depending on the culture of the competition in which players develop A matter of balance between tit and tat Soccer, like rugby, hockey and basketball, is a contact sport where physical interaction between players is accepted as part of normal play. There has to be an element of give and take, or tit for tat. The trouble ...

  2. 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 ... The English game and its culture of preferring physicality over technicality is the reason why EPL referees, as a group, have a reputation for being lenient. This flouting of the rules in the EPL has ...

  3. 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

    ... But there are frustrations, says Sabine. "Soccer poses a difficult arena to come out in and it reflects attitudes of wider society in general," he says. "Because there is a physical element, this can ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Shin guards must protect the legs

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

    ... to that used in Formula One racing cars. Italian Francesco Totti wore them during the 2006 World Cup, for physical protection as well as for psychological support, following his recovery from a nasty fracture in his lower leg. Rational Ref reckons it is about time size relative to a player's lower leg size should be a consideration. The simple laws of physics tells us that, for shin guards ...

  5. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Observations on Fifa's Confederations Cup

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

    ... that Brazil had an extra day's rest, enjoyed better physical conditions in the stadium where they previously played, and they went into extra time in their semifinal against Italy. Vialli ...

  6. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Ingredients of violence still a risk at junior soccer tournaments

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

    ... Nonetheless, both are problematic. Over-protective parents overreact to the slightest physical contact made on their children. Also, at every game, parents stand right on the pitch lines ... their children experience the game's physical nature then they are better off making them take knitting lessons. This is the same advice Rational Ref gives to adult players who complain about ...

  7. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Powder keg matches lead to hot heads on the pitch

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

    ... to a crunch, mental strength is just as important as physical fitness. Kitchee goalkeeper Wang Zhenpeng knows this better than most after he lost his head in last week's critical encounter ... or intensify to psychological intimidation and physical aggression. Such gamesmanship may elicit negative outbursts from opponents that referees have to painstakingly manage. This is precisely what ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Rational ref: diving an art or cheating

    Posted Nov 02nd 2012, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... to the stereotype of "that type of player" who cheats. Simulation came to be due to two broad schools of soccer culture. The first recognises committed, hard-grafting physical players ... ponies". The flip side of this is that skilful players resent being kicked and physically intimidated and, as a matter of survival, learn the benefits of falling easily. It's an ongoing battle ...

  9. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Racism is just one form of vile abuse

    Posted Oct 26th 2012, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... are shameful. As abhorrent as racial abuse is, it is no worse than other kinds of abuse such as those based on sex, physical appearance, social standing or any number of superficial discriminating ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - RATIONAL REF

    Restructure could boost development of young players

    Posted Aug 31st 2012, 02:17am by William Lai

    ... short of physical fitness,  making his point after the youth team lost all five matches at June's qualifying  for the AFC U22 Championship in 2013. Having watched Hong Kong U21 being trounced 3-0 and outwitted in three key areas- physically, technically and tactically- by Australia's U19 side on Wednesday, youth development  has to be high on Merrick's agenda. Having  ...




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