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  1. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Loyalty depends on nature of the paymaster

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 11:12pm by William Lai

    ... Platini's demand that Ribery play for France despite international retirement highlights difficulty of balancing interests of club and country Loyalty depends on nature of the paymaster Uefa chief Michel Platini has thrown the book at Franck Ribery, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1590275/loyalty-depends-nature-paymaster
  2. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Were English Premier League's transfer window signings really that expensive?

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:39pm by William Lai

    ... Using a transfer index, the big spending purchases were actually cheap if you take into account the rate of inflation Were the signings really that pricey? This summer, English Premier League clubs collectively spent a staggering £858 million (HK$1.09 bil ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1585296/were-signings-really-pricey
  3. Sport - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Taking soft stance on 'zero tolerance' is wrong

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 09:29pm by William Lai

    ... There is still an in-group attitude among traditionalists to dismiss racist, sexist and homophobic sneers as harmless banter Taking soft stance on 'zero tolerance' is wrong The sweeper role is apparently also effective whenever there is a carpet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/article/1581482/taking-soft-stance-zero-tolerance-wrong
  4. 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

    ... Great as he was with the whistle, the retiring official was perceived as biased towards United and failed to show red when it mattered most Webb will be remembered for his mistakes Loathed a lot more than he was liked, the surprise retirement of England&# ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1578634/referee-howard-webb-will-be-remembered-his-mistakes
  5. 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 are often the butt of jokes through no fault of their own, but in Tha ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/1573706/its-not-just-referees-who-need-guidance
  6. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Game marred by culture of denial

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 10:27pm by William Lai

    ... William Lai Whether it be a referee, player, manager, official or politician, refusing to admit one has been wrong is pervasive State of denial mars game at all levels For all its exquisite entertainment, excitement and excellence, the World Cup has also ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1550527/game-marred-culture-denial
  7. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Vanishing spray a bit of magic applied with a dash of common sense

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 11:28pm by William Lai

    ... The simple referee's tool shows how easy it should be to introduce technological innovation Vanishing spray a bit of magic applied with a dash of common sense As if by magic, the sudden appearance of vanishing spray at the World Cup has instantly dis ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1537839/vanishing-spray-bit-magic-applied-dash-common-sense
  8. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Why pointless fines from FA send message that abusing refs is OK

    Posted May 08th 2014, 10:08pm by William Lai

    ... and decisive disciplinary statement made within the sporting world, it is the NBA's lifetime ban handed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling plus a US$2.5 million fine for his racist ... sanctions to high-profile serial offenders like Mourinho and Pardew. Observing the kinds of punishments used in the sporting world reveals a lot about how we, as a society, tolerate unacceptable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1507570/why-pointless-fines-fa-send-message-abusing-refs-ok
  9. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Serie A the wrong style to emulate

    Posted May 01st 2014, 09:43pm by William Lai

    ... and Australian players, managers and fans here. From their perspective, the almost effeminate, delicate and fragile nature that local players like to flaunt is an affront to the sporting ideals ... all delicate and fragile in front of referees but, when out of sight of match officials, will cynically kick or elbow their opponents in acts of macho aggression Soccer is a contact sport, so ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1501751/serie-wrong-style-emulate
  10. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF WILLIAM LAI

    Horrid acts are no laughing matter

    Posted Apr 24th 2014, 09:32pm by William Lai

    ... watching revealed just how hated match officials are. Does this antipathy tell us anything about soccer lovers and the society we live in? In other sports, officials are not as intensely loathed. ... which would have been a world first. The idea was that at key moments, the audio from the referee and linesmen would have been aired by broadcaster Fox Sports. This would have brought soccer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/sport/soccer/article/1496046/horrid-acts-are-no-laughing-matter

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