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Sunday 1st December - what a contrast
« on: Sun 02 Dec 2018 20:28 »
So many big games today - just thought Iíd share something with posters.
Saw 2 big derbies today both referred by officials at different stages of their careers. First NL- a refereeing mastrclass from Mike Dean. Like him or hate him , he rarely gets a big decision wrong. He referred consistently and fairly in a game that threatened to spiral out of control.
Second Chris Kavanagh. A rising star, on his first big pl test. Whilst not the riots and rags of previous Merseyside derbies it still needed a referee to be in control and he was. Calmness personified throughout. Plenty of action in both boxes with a couple penalty shouts for both teams correctly waved away!

In between all this I was watching the league cup final in Scotland - Celtic v Aberdeen refereed by up upcoming star Andrew Dallas son of Hugh on perhaps with his biggest game of his career. Unfortunately he was like a rabbit in headlights: no authority very little control. He seemed flustered.
Very inconsistent, random foul detection and blatant yellow cards being missed but then a caution being awarded for a minimal challenge a minute later. One key match decision: a handball against Aberdeen - given as a penalty. One: it hit on the hand after hitting his chest so canít have been deliberate 2: it was outside the box by a good yard. He was a long way from the incident to.

So to sum up, there is no testament to experience. But it seems that potential may be more realised in England rather than Scotland and the future of English refereeing is certainly brighter!

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Re: Sunday 1st December - what a contrast
« Reply #1 on: Mon 03 Dec 2018 22:58 »
I know little of Scottish football but perhaps our friends north of the border can clarify this - has Andrew Dallas been promoted on merit or on the back of his famous fathers coattails?


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Re: Sunday 1st December - what a contrast
« Reply #2 on: Tue 04 Dec 2018 13:50 »
I would never blindly suggest nepotism as that effectively accuses the SFA of being corrupt which I am sure they are not and certainly don't have anything to back it up.

But of the fifteen guys (roughly) who referee in our top flight, I have absolutely no doubt I'd rank him 15th.

He is inconsistent and error prone. He even gave us a foul and booked a Hearts player after two Motherwell players bumped into each other once.

In my view he is not good enough for the Premier League and should be nowhere near FIFA badges or cup finals.

That being said I've seen him have good games but it appears when it starts to go wrong it collapses round him. I actually thought he was doing well on Sunday till the sickening head knock in minute 40 and that seemed to affect him.  The medics were very slow to react to the players and Dallas summons and I attribute no blame to him for that but I just wonder if it was on his mind.

And the penalty was a joke.
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