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  1. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Making the right call on referees

    Posted May 24th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai Whether they are full-time professionals or part-timers, the often least popular man on the park has to make best decisions Making the right call on referees I laughed when ... First, it is a well-known phenomenon that players, coaches and fans see referees in a bad light. However, the claim that referees cannot make mistakes actually praises and elevates referees ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Too much burden on referees to rule on hidden messages

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 09:47pm by William Lai

    ... Officials should focus on the game not whether to yellow card players who take off their shirts revealing political, religious or personal missives Remove burden on referees over message ... provocative and in-your-face behaviour and gestures, removing a shirt and displaying a celebratory message on an undershirt is a relatively minor and harmless action Referees have no choice ...


    Video is key to resolving accusations of unfairness aimed at police, referees

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 10:40pm by William Lai

    ... William Lai Providing taped evidence is only solution to resolving claims of partisan treatment by both officers at street protests and referees at games Video is key to resolving ... referees officiate matches involving unruly teams. During heated confrontations, the public perception is that the police- and the government who employs them- do not enforce the law impartially. ...


    The Rational Ref: Referees must decide on kick or trip before producing red card

    Posted Oct 02nd 2014, 10:35pm by William Lai

    ... name, a kick is a kick and not a trip. It is these differences of severity referees are trained to spot that truly sets them apart from players, coaches, commentators and fans. Wayne Rooney's blatant kick at West Ham's Stewart Downing last weekend was correctly punished with a red card. The kick was high and landed on Downing's thigh and knee area. Referee Lee Mason ...

  5. Sport - Rugby

    Hugh Watkins raises the bar for refs

    Posted Sep 03rd 2014, 12:57pm

    ... Staff Reporter New national referee development manager excited to implement clear framework and pathway Four months into the job and national referee development manager Hugh Watkins likes what he sees. “There are some quality referees in Hong Kong who need a little fine-tuning and individual analysis on game management, but in the key areas I’ve found they are very switched ...

  6. Sport - Rugby

    Three Hong Kong refs receive Asian Games call-up

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:33pm

    ... Staff Reporter Hong Kong referees Gabriel Lee Wing-yi, Dewi Rowlands and Tim Baker have been named to the Asian Rugby Football Union’s panel of referees for the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea at the end of the month. Lee earns her second Asian Games appointment, while Rowlands and Baker, senior referee development officer at the HKRFU, will be making their Asian ...

  7. Sport - Rugby - Bledisloe Cup

    Referee in focus for trans-Tasman rivals

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 10:29pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Auckland All Blacks and Wallabies seek to minimise giving away penalties in eagerly awaited return Bledisloe Cup clash Referee in focus for trans-Tasman rivals The All Blacks and Wallabies sought prematch talks with referee Romain Poite on Friday as they try to avoid giving away penalties in their highly anticipated return Rugby Championship test ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Arsene Wenger blasts referee after goalless draw in Turkey

    Posted Aug 20th 2014, 10:27am

    ... play-off in Istanbul Tuesday was a fair result for a “difficult” game but blasted the performance of the referee. The Serbian referee Milorad Mazic sent off Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey ... some of the fouls committed and you go home with a red card for Ramsey it is somewhat unbelievable. “In the second half the performance of the referee was very bad,” he said, noting ...

  9. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    It's not just referees who need guidance

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 10:48pm by William Lai

    ... William Lai HKFA's efforts to get everyone reading off the same page requires a more inclusive approach to be truly effective It's not just referees who need guidance Referees ... match-fixing allegations. Apparently the powerful green giant will keep referees on the straight and narrow. In case this fails, the Football Association of Thailand has also forced referees to take ...


    Protect referees by hitting clubs where it hurts

    Posted May 17th 2013, 12:00am by William Lai

    ... William Lai The spate of violence against officials shows little is being done to promote respect for game Protect referees by hitting the clubs where it hurts No one is bigger than ... into their own hands and as a result people have died. What else could explain the actions of the 17-year-old player in Utah who, angry at being shown a yellow card, punched 46-year-old referee Ricardo ...




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