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Beware of bad referee advice peddled on the internet!

Bad Referee AdviceWe designed and developed this website because we found that, even though the internet was full of websites catering to soccer enthusiasts, majority of them did not provide the kind of in depth, comprehensive and accurate information and analysis about the game generally and refereeing in particular that we believed fans of the beautiful game were looking for. 

 

We applaud those who strive to provide informative and helpful information to the refereeing community.  We can’t, however, stand idly by when we come across those websites that peddle horribly bad refereeing advice.  We think that our – referees’ job – is already difficult enough and does not need to be complicated further or made more challenging by those who spread confusion, bad information, and plainly bad advice.  

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MLS announcers betray their ignorance by calling referee Toledo’s penalty “ridiculous”.

Taore foulLA Galaxy completely outplayed and obliterated Seattle Sounders in the Home Depot Center stadium yesterday.  And Robbie Keane had a particularly good game scoring three out of four goals for the LA Galaxy.  Controversially, Robbie Keane’s hat-trick came thanks to referee Baldomero Toledo’s two crucial decisions.  First, referee Toledo awarded a penalty kick to LA Galaxy for a foul on LA Galaxy's Gyasi Zardes by Seattle’s Jimmy Traore in the 32nd minute of the game.  Secondly, when Robbie Keane’s penalty kick shot was saved by Michael Gspurning, referee Toledo ordered that the penalty kick be re-taken because two Seattle Sounders players encroached into the penalty area before the penalty kick was taken.  Robbie Keane did not make the same mistake twice and buried his second-chance penalty kick.

 

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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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Arsenal defeats Norwich after assistant referee awards it crucial penalty!

Kemara foulArsenal collected important three points in its fight for the spot in the next years Champion’s League by defeating Norwich 3:1 in a dramatic and controversial finish in the Barclays Premier League at the Emirates Stadium.  Norwich went ahead of Arsenal on Michael Turner’s goal in the 56th minute of the game.  Arsenal could not break Norwich defense until 85th minute of the game when Mike Jones, following signal from the assistant referee Richard West, awarded Arsenal a penalty kick which was converted by Mikel Arteta. Only three minutes later, Oliver Giroud added Arsenal’s second goal sending Arsenal’s fans into wild celebrations.  Unfortunately, things got even worse for Norwich when Lukas Podolski scored Arsenal’s third and final goal in the 92nd minute of the game, completing Arsenal’s remarkable comeback.

 

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Borussia eliminates Malaga from Champions League after a game riddled with offside mistakes.

Malaga offsideAfter a spirited and full of drama game, Borussia Dortmund defeated Malaga 3:2 in Westfalenstadion on Wednesday April 9 2013, securing its spot in Champions League seminal.  Borussia Dortmund was favored to prevail in this clash but Malaga did not go down quietly.  In fact, Malaga broke the impasse first when Sanchez Joaquin scored the first goal in 25th minute of the game. Borussia’s Robert Lewandowski, however, brought the teams on level terms just before the half-time in the 40 minute of the game.  In the 82nd minute of the game, Malaga struck again and recorded its second goal on Pereira Eliseu’s easy tap-in and, with less than eight minutes remaining in the regulation time, a huge upset appeared to be in the making.  Just when it all looked like Dortmund was out of the Champions League (at this point the German team needed to score two more goals), Marco Reus breathed some glimmers of hope to the Dortmund’s side when he scored and brought the two sides level once more in the 91st minute of the game.  And then the unbelievable happened!  With seconds remaining in the game, Augusto Felipe Santana pounced on a loose ball in Malaga’s penalty area, sending Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League semifinals.

 

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