Stoke City players appeal to referee Michael Oliver for handball against United defender Chris Smalling. Photos: AFP Stoke City players appeal to referee Michael Oliver for handball against United defender Chris Smalling. Photos: AFP
Stoke City players appeal to referee Michael Oliver for handball against United defender Chris Smalling. Photos: AFP
William Lai
Opinion

Opinion

The Rational Ref by William Lai

Getting handball calls right is no easy matter

The official with the whistle does not have the benefit of instant replays

Stoke City players appeal to referee Michael Oliver for handball against United defender Chris Smalling. Photos: AFP Stoke City players appeal to referee Michael Oliver for handball against United defender Chris Smalling. Photos: AFP
Stoke City players appeal to referee Michael Oliver for handball against United defender Chris Smalling. Photos: 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.