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Ah Nemesis…here you are.

We never did get your opinion on Mr Madley the other week.

Any news from Nemesis regarding the performance of Mr R Madley at Ipswich today?
I was hoping for a buried hatchet and maybe a positive word but I think a 2-5 score line and a penalty to the away team may have put paid to that pipedream

We wait with baited breath………..

Nemesis with an opportunity to have his opinion changed of his long time…well, nemisis!

Looking forward to the review from that game, maybe opinions can be changed and hatchets buried

General Discussion / Re: Cüneyt Çakır - Hungary v England
« on: Fri 03 Sep 2021 08:55 »
Sorry but I disagree that this is just down to a minority of fans. The current government very recently brought in legislation banning discussion on the topic of homosexuality. They have banned anything that shows homosexuality in a positive light. The President called Muslim refugees “invaders” and their immigration policy has breached international human rights for years.

As the above post states, this current Hungarian government have absolutely given the green light to xenophobia, racism and homophobia. Whilst of course that doesn’t mean all Hungarians are any of those things, this current social situation in Hungary allows those who do have those views to voice them publicly and free from prosecution or reprisal as they did shamefully last night.

The only way to rid football of this cancer is to throw the book very hard. Long term stadium ban or even banned from tournament qualification as English clubs were for their hooligan problems (which wasn’t all fans either) in the 80s. Perhaps then the government may sit up and listen, especially at a time when qualification for these tournament is a very real possibility for Hungary with their decent team

I am aware the appointments are out but I haven’t seen the full set. Can anyone help and maybe post these in here?

General Discussion / James Bell - Derby v Salford
« on: Tue 10 Aug 2021 22:32 »
First time I’ve seen Mr Bell in a full game. Is this his first Sky game since promotion?

Looks the part, moves very well around the pitch and generally refereed the game well. However……
Two big decisions in the game in the space of one minute, a penalty for both teams, and both wrong. Not just opinion wrong, just wrong.

The first one there is no contact made by the defender and I’m surprised the AR didn’t get involved there as he had the perfect view. Referee seemed to be very quick on the whistle, especially given that AR1 was best placed to make that decision.
A minute later a penalty kick is given at the other end which was outside the area. Sky said 4 yards which is very u fair on Mr Bell, it was closer than that, however it was clearly still outside. AR2 would surely have had an unobstructed view of this one so again I’m surprised that the AR didn’t get visibly involved.

On the whole this was actually a very good performance from a young referee who clearly has ability. However the top referees are judged on their big decisions and unfortunately on this front Mr Bell fell short. Certainly one to watch for the future though.

General Discussion / Re: Promotion 2021
« on: Mon 28 Jun 2021 07:54 »
I wouldn’t say that Ms Welch’s promotion came as a surprise. She had an FL trial match, alongside Mather, as well as an FA final, both indications of a good season. Furthermore, she seems to have relatively few NL matches and referees regularly in the FAWSL. Surely these performances will be taken into account also?

Surely not! Why would the WSL performances have anything to do with promotion to EFL? The list on WSL is made up of officials who are not only 2A referees and nor does every NL referee officiate on it. This competition should in no way contribute to a promotion within the men’s pathway and whilst I understand having our top female referees officiating in our top female competition, I am interested to see how this would work next season. Would Rebecca still referee on WSL and therefore less on EFL than the other officials? If what you say, would those marks then contribute to a potential promotion to SG2? I can’t see that happen somehow and therefore I cannot imagine those performances could be considered for promotion to the EFL list

General Discussion / Re: Promotion 2021
« on: Mon 21 Jun 2021 19:32 »
I’d be surprised if he is 43. If so then he certainly aged better than I did at that age!!!

General Discussion / Re: Promotion 2021
« on: Mon 21 Jun 2021 19:19 »
I did post earlier that Madley had picked up an injury in the fitness test and therefore was not promoted as a result. This seems harsh but I guess if passing the fitness test is part of the process then it’s very unlucky but it’s the rules.

The positive was seeing Madley return and clearly deliver this season, maybe showing those in this group who have claimed he was somehow anointed to his former position that he indeed was a class above the referees lower down the pyramid, as you would expect from a former FIFA referee. I would fully expect to see Madley in the same position this time next season along with Edwards, Backhouse, Hicks, Barratt and Breakspear

General Discussion / Re: Promotion 2021
« on: Mon 21 Jun 2021 17:06 »
As posted earlier whilst it is fantastic to see the first female referee promoted to the EFL, I do wonder how those referees who were not promoted would be feeling given that one of those promoted apparently (and I say apparently) finished nowhere near the top 6 and had no play off involvement. I am all for equality but this must be frustrating for the officials on the league

General Discussion / Re: Promotions
« on: Mon 21 Jun 2021 14:26 »
Congratulations to all. Wasn’t expecting four promotions to PL referee list but I guess this is future planning given that some of the older statesmen are knocking on the door of retirement

General Discussion / Re: Promotion Interviews 2021
« on: Fri 18 Jun 2021 16:39 »
I believe that Madley got injured in the fitness test and therefore as the fitness test wasn’t passed he is no longer eligible for promotion.

I have to say that sounds extremely harsh that a referee can perform well for a whole season and then an injury or medical incident would stop them from being promoted. Surely if it’s an injury a referee should be given another opportunity to pass that? Is that the normal procedure? I thought officials had a number of opportunities to pass a test especially if injury was the reason for not passing first time?

General Discussion / Re: Promotion Interviews 2021
« on: Tue 08 Jun 2021 23:24 »
I also heard that although 6 are being interviewed, the referee who finished 6th is not one of them.

If this is the case then I am absolutely for equality but this cannot be right and would be purely positive discrimination. It would be very interesting to hear how this would be justified to the referee who finished in 6th position as to how or why somebody below them was interviewed rather than them. That could make for a very uncomfortable explanation.
It would seem that given the press coverage much earlier in the season that colours were pinned to a certain mast. I for one sincerely hope this is not the case as that would do more damage to the question of equality than anything else.

Out of interest at this level is it the FA who would nominate for interview or PGMOL? I’m not sure how far down the influence of PGMOL goes

General Discussion / Re: Promotion Interviews 2021
« on: Sat 05 Jun 2021 22:50 »

General Discussion / Re: Promotion Interviews 2021
« on: Sat 05 Jun 2021 11:22 »
I just can’t see how given the incident this season that Drysdale would be promoted. He was found guilty and suspended. A promotion in the same season would seem quite incredible

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