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Dr Errol Sweeney (PhD) BBA Dip.PM, aka "The Hanging Judge," is a former L.o.I and SA Premier League Referee, World Cup Referee & Assistant Referee Coach & Mentor.  He coached/mentored a referee to 2 World Cups, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup, 2 U/17 FIFA World Cups and 4 African Nations Cups. 

Sir Alex Ferguson retiring - will be missed by many, but not by all.

Sir Alex FergusonThe announcement of the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United today will come as a big shock to many, but not to all.


You cannot take away his achievements at the club over the last 27 years. He won more premier league titles than anyone else. He also won the FA Cup five times and the European Champions League twice.


From a club managerial point of view this is unprecedented. From the supporter’s point of view, this is a phenomenal record and is unlikely to be repeated.


However, he won’t be missed by all.


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Referee Ricardo Portillo dead after player assault.

b2ap3_thumbnail_refereeRiccardo-Portillo.jpgThe shocking and disturbing news in the last couple of days of the death of a soccer referee in Salt Lake City leaves us all sad, numb and in disbelief


The referee, Ricardo Portillo, 46 died in hospital where he was being treated following the assault on Saturday night last.


A 17-year-old player who punched the referee after he gave him a yellow card was arrested.


A daughter of the late Mr Portillo said she had been told by witnesses that the player hit her father on the side of the head “when he was writing down his notes.”


This is not the first time that a referee has been attacked and killed by thugs masquerading as soccer players.


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Refs don’t make laws – they apply them!

DOGSO FoulIn many ways referees are like policemen. When they are recruited they are asked, even instructed, to carry out their duty in a fair, firm, and unbiased way regardless of who the teams are, or who is playing


Other people make the laws – we apply them. We don’t have a choice in the matter.


In a recent game in the MLS a referee decided, for whatever reason, to flout the FIFA Laws of the Game by awarding a yellow card when the incident required, nay demanded, a red card.


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