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  1. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

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

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

    ... Da Silva was sent off by referee Mike Dean last Sunday for a high, studs-up challenge on Swansea's Jose Canas, which ultimately saw United eliminated from the FA Cup. Even new Spurs ... Cup in Brazil this summer. Webb has refereed 17 out of 20 EPL matches, which is more than any other referee in the league. Tellingly, he has not awarded a penalty or sent off a player, despite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1401633/goalkeepers-are-easy-pickings-strikers-trawling-penalty
  2. 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 usually have a reputation, but what should truly shine through is character. We saw this during the Sweden and Portugal second-leg play-off World Cup qualifier with a feisty Portuguese water dog, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1362169/character-howard-webb-shines-through-when-it-counts
  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

    ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1373865/sorry-seems-be-easiest-word-referees-boss-mike-riley
  4. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Observations on Fifa's Confederations Cup

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

    ... William Lai The Brazilian tournament offered fans a sneak preview for next year's big event with several unusual observations Confed Cup defies form and statistics The soccer season ... soccer fans will have followed Uefa's U21 European Championships hosted by Israel, with Spain the victors. The Fifa U20 World Cup in Turkey, which wraps up on July 13, is easily the largest ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1275460/observations-fifas-confederations-cup
  5. 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

    ... Cup qualifiers against Montenegro tonight and Poland next Tuesday. Any blunder during these next two matches will almost certainly mean England will not top their qualifying group, and could face elimination from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. According to former England great Peter Shilton, a goalkeeper is permitted to make one mistake every 18 months. "Being a keeper is a bit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1328742/no-quarter-given-match-officials-line-fire
  6. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Naming and shaming Premier League players will curb scourge of cheating

    Posted Sep 20th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... straightforward ball out of play when players claim it is their ball, to deliberately handling the ball (recall Thierry Henry getting France into the 2010 World Cup and Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" that helped Argentina win the 1986 World Cup), to the present fashionable event of diving, the overriding aim is to always gain an advantage by hook or by crook. Diving, or simulation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1313178/naming-and-shaming-premier-league-players-will-curb-scourge-cheating
  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

    ... the "promotion" of homosexuality, especially with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2018 World Cup in mind. This is apparently at the behest of Fifa's new anti-discrimination taskforce chaired ... in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup, out of consideration for the hosts' religious sensitivities. The reality is discrimination in soccer exists. The very existence of Fifa's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1308830/authorities-must-make-clear-lgbt-players-football-all
  8. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    English Premier League's video technology will help referees

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

    ... The FA, with the blessing of Fifa, but notably not Uefa, decided to implement the GDS in all 380 EPL games this season. It will also be used at FA Cup games where the stadiums have the equipment, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1296943/english-premier-leagues-video-technology-will-help-referees
  9. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Those who ignore racism are bad sports

    Posted Jun 14th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... Asian Cup when Japan defeated China 3-1 at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing. Eerily, they also describe what happened during last week's international friendly between Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1260102/those-who-ignore-racism-are-bad-sports
  10. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Revitalised knockout competitions could take Hong Kong soccer to the next level

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai HK game needs inspirational stories and knockouts could be the answer Never underestimate the magic of cup games Soccer buffs will know the common bond between Kwai Tsing, Tai ... do the words "cup" and "upset" proud. Last weekend, the FA Cup fourth-round ties in England produced an abundance of "cupsets," with five English Premier League ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1140431/revitalised-knockout-competitions-could-take-hong-kong-soccer-next

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