Referee Chris Foy is left out for the count after a ball hit him flush in the face in the first minute of the match between Newcastle and Swansea  last weekend. Photo: AP Referee Chris Foy is left out for the count after a ball hit him flush in the face in the first minute of the match between Newcastle and Swansea  last weekend. Photo: AP
Referee Chris Foy is left out for the count after a ball hit him flush in the face in the first minute of the match between Newcastle and Swansea last weekend. Photo: AP
William Lai
Opinion

Opinion

The Rational Ref by William Lai

Horrid acts are no laughing matter

Match officials should not be so reviled by fans, especially when they are injured during the course of their duty on the pitch

Referee Chris Foy is left out for the count after a ball hit him flush in the face in the first minute of the match between Newcastle and Swansea  last weekend. Photo: AP Referee Chris Foy is left out for the count after a ball hit him flush in the face in the first minute of the match between Newcastle and Swansea  last weekend. Photo: AP
Referee Chris Foy is left out for the count after a ball hit him flush in the face in the first minute of the match between Newcastle and Swansea last weekend. 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.