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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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1244358/making-right-call-referees
  2. Sport - Soccer

    Jail for Singaporean who bribed Lebanese referees with prostitutes

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 10:30pm by AFP

    ... to three Lebanese football referees in an attempt to rig future matches. Nightclub owner Eric Ding Si Yang, 32, was jailed on corruption charges following revelations that Singapore has become a centre of gambling-linked match-fixing for games as far away as Europe. He was found guilty on July 1 of bribing referee Ali Sabbagh, 35 and assistant referees Ali Eid, 34, and Abdallah Taleb, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1558417/jail-singaporean-who-bribed-lebanese-referees-prostitutes
  3. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Referee must punish 'brutal' Brazilians, says Joachim Loew

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 09:38am

    ... semi-final against the Selecao. Loew turned up the pressure for the semi-final by insisting Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez clamp down on hard challenges to ensure they do not go “beyond what ... country, it’s something unique,” said Loew. “I hope the referee Rodriguez will clamp down, because I have seen in the last few matches that Brazil’s physical energy is going beyond of what we see ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1549406/referee-must-punish-brutal-brazilians-says-joachim-loew
  4. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Referees chief defends Japanese whistler as Brazil striker Fred insists 'it was a clear penalty'

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 05:37am

    ... Reuters Fifa's Massimo Busacca says Yuichi Nishimura was right to award contentious spot-kick The head of refereeing at Fifa on Friday defended a contentious penalty decision during the opening game of the 2014 World Cup between host nation Brazil and Croatia. At Thursday’s match at Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo, Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura ruled that Croatia’s Dejan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1532276/referees-chief-defends-japanese-whistler-brazil-striker-fred-insists-it
  5. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Brazil 3 Croatia 1: It's a scandal, cry Croatians after referee gifts hosts penalty

    Posted Jun 13th 2014, 06:26am

    ... the penalty awarded against him during Brazil’s 3-1 win in the World Cup opener on Thursday a “scandal”, questioning the referee’s right to be officiating at the showpiece event. Unfancied Croatia ... by a referee who was just out of his depth for a game of this magnitude Croatian coach Niko Kovac But the European side were holding their own in the second half until Japanese ref Yuichi Nishimura ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1531308/brazil-kick-world-cup-3-1-win-over-croatia
  6. Sport - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1239123/protect-referees-hitting-clubs-where-it-hurts
  7. Sport

    Mourinho’s 'praise' for referees diverts attention away from Chelsea defeat

    Posted Apr 20th 2014, 01:54pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Mourinho diverts attention away from Chelsea defeat Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned up the irony level when he "congratulated" referee Mike Dean ... how or why, or in which way they won, but they won. They won the three points and three fantastic points for them. “Third point, I want to congratulate [referee] Mike Dean. I think his ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1491238/mourinhos-praise-referees-diverts-attention-away-chelsea-defeat
  8. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Netherlands v Costa Rica: Watch out for Robben's dives, says Ticos coach

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 05:01am

    ... Reuters That's the only thing we're worried about, says Jorge Luis Pinto Costa Rica coach Jorge Luis Pinto urged referee Ravshan Irmatov to keep a close eye on Dutchman Arjen Robben in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands. “We are really worried about Robben’s diving,” Pinto told reporters on Friday. “I would like to ask Fifa and the referees ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1547124/netherlands-v-costa-rica-watch-out-robbens-dives-says-ticos-coach
  9. Sport - Other Sport - BASKETBALL

    Ironman referee makes it 2,633 games in a row in NBA

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 09:11pm by >Associated Press

    ... Associated Press in New York The 74-year-old has worked 270 play-off ties in 39 seasons, including 27 finals Ironman referee makes it 2,633 games in a row NBA referee Dick Bavetta worked ... I am getting, that is my job." NBA referees are contracted to work 82 games a season, same as the teams. He figures he does above 12 to 15 games a month, making his own travel arrangements ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/other-sport/article/1463996/ironman-referee-makes-it-2633-games-row-nba
  10. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Referees don't have it easy, Jose … it's actually quite hard

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 09:42pm by William Lai

    ... Chelsea's menacing manager of Jekyll and Hyde proportions, claims referees "have an easy life". Pound for pound, minute by minute and integrity with integrity, Mourinho could not be more ... have made soccer refereeing the most challenging sports officiating job in the world. The 20 or so EPL referees are all full-time professionals and are an exception to the vast majority ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1458667/referees-dont-have-it-easy-jose-its-actually-quite-hard

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