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  1. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    Transparency at all tiers is essential for Hong Kong's future

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 10:54pm by William Lai

    ... under Project Phoenix, is taking great strides to improve the "hardware" of local soccer that will help grow the future of the sport. However, of parallel importance ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Ignore the naysayers and give Project Phoenix a chance

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 08:25pm by William Lai

    ... would still be where it is today, but without any focus and hope for a promising future. If there's one thing that all fans have discovered from their sport, it is hope eternal. Critics ... to hire personnel and establish key infrastructures in soccer development increases the chances of the sport's success in Hong Kong. Furthermore, Sutcliffe has transformed the way the HKFA ...

  3. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Those who ignore racism are bad sports

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

    ... William Lai HKFA misses an opportunity to show it has guts by not acting against disgusting behaviour at friendly against Philippines Only bad sports ignore racism Picture this. ... has given this impression by simply saying it is powerless to do anything without receiving an official complaint. This shows the sport's local guardian has no conscience and social ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Behold the four pillars of Dogso

    Posted Feb 27th 2014, 09:55pm by William Lai

    ... William Lai The factors that make up the referee's case when considering Denial of an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity Behold the four pillars of Dogso The problem with obvious goal-scoring opportunities is that no one agrees exactly how obvious they ...

  5. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

    Men in black well placed to choose the best

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 10:12pm by William Lai

    ... honour of selecting the man of the match. If Sky Sports has the televised rights then Gary Neville usually chooses, and recently, with BT Sport claiming some live broadcasting rights, ...

  6. Sport - Soccer - RATIONAL REF

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

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

    ... William Lai Their shortage of true ball skills means they usually come off second best against any wily attacker fishing for a foul Keepers are easy meat for sly strikers Goalkeepers who attempt to tackle opponents or play the ball with their feet are lik ...

  7. 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

    ... William Lai The man who should be standing up for match officials is instead offering apologies for alleged 'mistakes' on the pitch Sorry seems to be the easiest word for referees' boss Riley Should referees apologise for their decisions? S ...

  8. 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 ch ...

  9. Sport - Hong Kong - RATIONAL REF

    The ability to judge referees goes beyond Ferguson's expertise

    Posted Nov 14th 2013, 09:31pm by William Lai

    ... William Lai Former United boss can criticise players and managers all he wants, but his experience does not cover match officials The ability to judge referees is beyond Ferguson's expertise Soccer is full of people with opinions, and they're en ...

  10. 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

    ... psychological boost to help someone perform to their optimal level. It is what makes soccer a true team sport, but at the same time it encourages bias, favouritism and even blind loyalty. Players ...




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