English premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is not afraid to lay down the law. Photo: AFP English premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is not afraid to lay down the law. Photo: AFP
English premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is not afraid to lay down the law. Photo: AFP
William Lai
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The Rational Ref by William Lai

Rational Ref: Beyond perfection, referees are the real superheroes

Referees who display mortal weaknesses are abused or even vilified

English premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is not afraid to lay down the law. Photo: AFP English premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is not afraid to lay down the law. Photo: AFP
English premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is not afraid to lay down the law. Photo: AFP
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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.