New England Revolution players scuffle with New York Red Bulls players in a classic case of "handbags". Photo: AP New England Revolution players scuffle with New York Red Bulls players in a classic case of "handbags". Photo: AP
New England Revolution players scuffle with New York Red Bulls players in a classic case of "handbags". Photo: AP
William Lai
Opinion

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The Rational Ref by William Lai

Rational Ref: Why football players need to leave their handbags at home

Mass confrontations and amateur dramatics tarnish the game - and even the colloquialism used to describe them could be seen as sexist

New England Revolution players scuffle with New York Red Bulls players in a classic case of "handbags". Photo: AP New England Revolution players scuffle with New York Red Bulls players in a classic case of "handbags". Photo: AP
New England Revolution players scuffle with New York Red Bulls players in a classic case of "handbags". Photo: AP
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William Lai

William Lai

William Lai is a qualified soccer referee, instructor and assessor, and has also officiated in England and Australia. As an educator, scientist and social scientist, he is also interested in human behaviour which is why his column offers an alternative and rational commentary of what happens on and off the pitch.