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Referee Mike Jones’ agonizing act.

Mike JonesThe sight of referee Mike Jones collapsing in a heap after being “eye poked” by Sissoko of Newcastle leaves one with a sense of perplexity.


The incident happened in the Newcastle vs. Southampton game yesterday in the Premier League.


For those of you who didn’t see the incident, the referee was in conference with Moussa Sissoko who was standing, and another player, Paulo Gazzainiga who was on the ground when suddenly the player on the ground pushed Sissoko. In the process Sissoko stepped backwards as if off balance and appeared to raise his hand which came in contact with the referees’ face.


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Refs, make your decisions and to hell with the consequences.

Mike RileyThe recent apology by Mike Riley, the head of the Professional Games Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) in England on behalf of referee Andre Mariner, leaves a sour taste in the mouth as far as I’m concerned.


It came in the wake of a penalty awarded by Mariner to Chelsea in their recent home game against West Brom. Riley admitted that he phoned the West Brom coach Steve Clark to apologize on behalf of his organisation, of which Mariner is a member.


The PGMOL are the body who control and organize professional refereeing in the Premier League similar to the PRO in the North American MLS, which is headed by Mr. Peter Walton (who I discussed in one of my earlier blogs).


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Refereeing – the most unthankful, ungrateful, yet most rewarding job, but not for the faint hearted!

Howard WebbAs the headline says, refereeing is a very difficult and unrewarding “profession.” It takes time, effort and money just to have the honor and distinction of being a referee.


Now don’t expect to get any plaudits or compliments from players or fans - not a chance. Well, perhaps that’s not strictly true. You will get the occasional “well done ref” from a team when they win, if you’re lucky.


A few weeks ago I wrote a blog asking the question “Who wants to be a referee? Hands up, anyone?” The response was tremendous. Not from prospective referees, but from existing ones who understand what it’s like to go out on a weekend and suffer insults and abuse and run the gauntlet of overzealous parents who think their little Johnny is the next Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo.


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Attack on assistant referee raises serious safety questions once more.

Smoke Bomb Hits RefereeAn assistant referee was hit by a flare/smoke bomb in an English Premier League game on Sunday October 20, 2013.


This appalling incident happened during the Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspurs game at Villa Park in Birmingham (central England).


Fortunately the assistant referee, David Bryan, was uninjured and decided he was OK to continue his duties.

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Who wants to be a referee? Hands up, anyone?!


Ok all you loud mouthed, beer swilling, arm chair experts – which one of you wants to be a referee? Come on, step forward – who wants to take on the challenge?


Ah, it’s not for you is it? You’d rather go out to a game whether it is MLS or kiddies game on a Sunday morning and lambaste the unfortunate person in the middle with the whistle.


You’d rather stand there on the line and scream out your very biased opinion as to which decision the referee should give and sometimes advise him or her as to where he/she can stick his/her whistle.


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