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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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Refs - grow a pair and be strong!


Howard WebbIt’s quite disturbing to see the number of match officials, particularly the men-in-the-middle, who appear unable or unwilling to make a decision based on what they see in front of them before, during and after a game.


There are times when it is quite obvious to players, officials and the general public that a serious breach of the Laws of the Game has occurred, yet the match officials appear not to have seen it.


In English slang terms this is called “bottling it.” In other words, the ref “chickened out” and stepped back from doing his job.


In my opinion match officials who engage in this kind of refereeing cowardice should be stood down for at least 3 months and their future in that particular league, and especially if it is in the senior leagues, questioned.


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