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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 - Rugby

    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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Sport - Soccer

    Jose Mourinho blames Chelsea loss to Bremen on referee

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 08:40pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bremen, Germany Mourinho blames loss to Bremen on referee Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho took a swipe at the referee as his side slumped to their first preseason defeat, a 3-0 loss to Werder Bremen in Germany that spoiled the return of Didier Drogba and the debut of Thibaut Courtois. We came here and the referee thought it was a circus for Bremen fans ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Like all refs, Howard Webb will be remembered for his mistakes

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 09:43pm by William Lai

    ... a lot more than he was liked, the surprise retirement of England's most successful referee, Howard Webb, has thrown up some interesting social commentary about the perceived state of officiating among fans. Despite refereeing with distinction for a quarter of a century, being a professional full-time referee in the English Premier League for 11 years and still at the top of his ...

  9. Sport - Soccer

    Howard Webb blows final whistle on ‘best seat in the house’

    Posted Aug 06th 2014, 11:46pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in London Englishman who took charge of 2010 World Cup final retires from refereeing to become technical director of match officials' association Howard Webb, the man who took charge of the 2010 World Cup final, has retired from refereeing to become technical director of English soccer’s match officials’ association, it was announced on Wednesday. The 43-year-old ...

  10. 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 ...




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