Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela last year. Photo: AP Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela last year. Photo: AP
Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela last year. Photo: AP
William Lai
Opinion

Opinion

The Rational Ref by William Lai

Too much burden on referees to rule on hidden messages

Officials should focus on the game not whether to yellow card players who take off their shirts revealing political, religious or personal missives

Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela last year. Photo: AP Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela last year. Photo: AP
Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela last year. 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.