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Sir Alex and referee Halsey – the tip of the iceberg?


Mark Halsey, the former premier league referee in the UK has admitted that he broke the protocol set out by the Professional Game and Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) when he made direct contact with Sir Alex Ferguson the then manager of Manchester United and this has provoked some searching questions as to the nature of relationships between managers, club officials, players and referees. 



There will be those who will argue that this was a one-off situation. However, the desperation with which Halsey appears to put himself in the pocket of one of the country’s leading football figures is surely a cause for concern.


“It took time to gain Sir Alex Ferguson’s respect,” Halsey says, “but in the end we had a very good relationship.” What the hell does that mean?


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Referee Mark Halsey – a “traitor” to refereeing


There’s no greater enemy than one from within. A colleague, a team-mate, a countryman who betrays his own, regardless of the reason.



Just this week it was revealed by ex English Premier League referee Mark Halsey that he was in regular phone contact with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.




Now I ask myself:


  • How much contact was there between Mr Halsey and Sir Alex?
  • Were any special favours asked or given?
  • Did Mr Halsey act alone or were others involved?
  • Was the PGMOL, the referee’s body in England, aware of this?


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Player cheating knows no bounds.

Young diveI was simply shocked and aghast this last weekend at the blatant cheating by Ashley Young who plays for Manchester United.


The tone was set in the 9th minute when a colleague of the aforementioned Mr. Young, French international and United full back Patrice Evra deliberately dove in the opposition’s penalty area in an attempt to fool the referee Jon Moss into giving a penalty. No penalty was given nor was a caution administered.


Later, and not much later, the first of Ashley Young’s dives came.


It happened in the 19th minute and so blatant was the dive that even the commentators, who are quite “coy” when describing the shenanigans of certain players, appeared to be lost for words.

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Offensive & Abusive Language toward referees.

RespectThe use of foul and abusive language in any form is disgusting and unnecessary.


When this verbal diarrhoea is directed at authority and especially referees and their assistants, it is even more despicable.


It’s an affront to authority and is a clear and blatant attempt to intimidate the referee in his decision making.


Law 12 (FOULS AND MISCONDUCT) of the FIFA Laws of the Game (LOTG) states quite clearly and I quote:

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GLT is “born” in the English Premier League.

b2ap3_thumbnail_terryglt.jpgIn case you hadn’t noticed, a seismic shift of monumental proportions occurred last week in the English Premier League (EPL).


After all the hoo-ha about should we, or shouldn’t we, it finally came to being.


What am I talking about? Goal Line Technology (GLT).


The much discussed, much debated and in some cases berated way of confirming whether a goal has been scored or not was officially introduced as far as the English Premier League is concerned.


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