Luis Suarez (right) apologised a week after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their match on June 24, but his actions were seemingly spurred by self-interest. Photo: Reuters Luis Suarez (right) apologised a week after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their match on June 24, but his actions were seemingly spurred by self-interest. Photo: Reuters
Luis Suarez (right) apologised a week after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their match on June 24, but his actions were seemingly spurred by self-interest. Photo: Reuters
William Lai
Opinion

Opinion

The Rational Ref by William Lai

Game marred by culture of denial

Whether it be a referee, player, manager, official or politician, refusing to admit one has been wrong is pervasive

Luis Suarez (right) apologised a week after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their match on June 24, but his actions were seemingly spurred by self-interest. Photo: Reuters Luis Suarez (right) apologised a week after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their match on June 24, but his actions were seemingly spurred by self-interest. Photo: Reuters
Luis Suarez (right) apologised a week after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their match on June 24, but his actions were seemingly spurred by self-interest. Photo: Reuters
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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.