Football Association

Pandora's Box to remain ajar without consistency

Referee Mike Dean (1st left) shows Manchester City's Vincent Kompany (1st right) a red card for his tackle of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (3rd left). Photo: Xinhua

Unforeseen troubles for referees lie ahead because of the FA's decision to rescind Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's red card for what match referee Mike Dean deemed to be serious foul play. In undermining his interpretation, the FA has opened Pandora's Box.

Friday, 25 January, 2013, 3:13am

'Ref rage' rears its ugly head, again!

When will there be real respect for the Respect campaign? It has been four years since the English FA introduced the campaign to support match officials, which took its cues from Fifa's values in promoting Respect for the Game.

4 Jan 2013 - 1:40am

Roberto Mancini accuses referees of bias against City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims his team are being victimised after Samir Nasri was sent off for a head-butt in the champions' 4-3 win at Norwich.

31 Dec 2012 - 3:08am

FA's Bernstein calls for life bans for violent soccer fans

English Football Association chairman David Bernstein wants fans who "hijack" matches with bad behaviour to be handed life bans.

The FA chief spoke in the aftermath of Sunday's heated Manchester derby which saw United defender Rio Ferdinand struck by a coin thrown from the crowd and nine others charged by police in connection with the match.

11 Dec 2012 - 2:31am

Bad behaviour on the pitch deserves zero tolerance

Referee Mark Clattenburg has been stood down from EPL matches.

What exactly is "inappropriate language"? Players, coaches and supporters have difficulty defining this but match officials know the answer. It's their job to know.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

EPL horror show has big box-office appeal to world

A fan gets into the spirit on Halloween night at the Bridge.

Manchester United fans were invited to get into character for their Halloween midweek Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and dressed as ghouls, ghosts and zombies. Fittingly, the contest was a nine-goal, 120-minute thriller that would have made Michael Jackson proud.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:17am

Ferdinand brothers call a truce with anti-racism campaign

Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand (right) warms up without the anti-racism "Kick It Out" shirt with teammate Anderson. Photo: AFP

Brothers Rio and Anton Ferdinand released a statement expressing disappointment with the football authorities' efforts to tackle racism in the game, but pledging to help find a solution.

26 Oct 2012 - 12:16am

Thou shall not step out of line: message sent loud and clear

Ashley Cole was fined £90,000 for his Twitter rant at the FA. Photo: Reuters

The law has been laid down - at last. The FA this week revealed in full its newly adopted code of conduct, a long list of dos and don'ts to be strictly adhered to whether England players are on international duty or not. There are 33 commandments warning England's prodigal and wayward stars in a foreboding tone to behave.

20 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

St George's centre of excellence fuels England's soccer hopes

Roy Hodgson

With the latest tranche of 2014 World Cup qualifying duels bringing the suspension of the drama of the Premier League this week and next, England’s Football Association (FA) seized the moment to open its long-awaited, state-of-the-art St George’s Park training complex.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:01am

England football stars told how to behave

England's soccer stars are to be issued with a code of conduct to bring them in line with other major sporting bodies in an attempt to govern their behaviour when they are on and off international duty.

11 Oct 2012 - 5:12am

Ashley Cole cleared for England selection after apology to FA boss

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has apologised to English Football Association chairman David Bernstein for a Twitter insult that he aimed at the FA last week and is now free to play for England against San Marino on Friday.

11 Oct 2012 - 6:00am

Chelsea to discipline Ashley Cole over abusive tweet

Ashley Cole applauds the crowd at the final whistle. Photo: AFP

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo confirmed disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Ashley Cole following the abusive comment he made about the Football Association on Twitter.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:36am