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General Discussion / Re: New FIFA referee from England
« on: Sat 07 Dec 2019 23:33 »

Published the new FIFA referees for UEFA.
England have 2 Madley and Coote as well as 2 new female referees. New referees from Scotland and Northern Ireland too.

Mr Rocchi has made life hard for himself in the Chelsea v Ajax match. Imagine if he didn't play advantage and stopped the game, awarded the free kick and gave Blind the 2nd yellow card. Personally I thought it was a foul that gave Chelsea the ball but happy to be wrong there.

Both Gillett and Feghani are FIFA listed referees. They are nominated to FIFA who either accept the nomination for 12 months. Thee referee as are all FIFA referees are entitled to wear their FIFA badge during that time. Interestingly Feghani did not wear his in his first game in Australia. AFC will not want to lose one of their best refs before they have to.

General Discussion / Re: A Madley/L Mason Brighton v Everton
« on: Mon 28 Oct 2019 02:16 »
I have not seen the incidents. But in Australia where we are 3 or so seasons down the track we saw a spike in the number of penalties being given for minor offences like what is being described.
One thing we FFA did was use VAR on as many preseason games a possible between our first and second season and really strictly interpret the LOTG in the Penalty area. I remember seeing a pen given in Wellington vs a touring Chinese team for a minor hold on a player who was not getting the ball and who had no chance to get it. You will need to give the VAR 18 months or so for everyone to 'get it'.

Silly decision from the Chinese ref.
Go with the VAR, if later FIFA say the VAR was wrong the ref is not blamed. If FIFA say VAR was right then ref is not blamed and system works.
The only way for the ref to be 'wrong' is to do exactly what he did.

On another note if the ref says he was impeding the GK, wouldn't the push be at the same time, then the more serious offence gets punished eg a penalty?

Non Footy Appointments / Re: Rugby World Cup 2019 Referees
« on: Tue 22 Oct 2019 23:54 »
Delighted to see Owens on England V New Zealand. Garces is a reasonable choice for Wales V South Africa.

Interesting to see the difference between football and rugby. It seems rugby is quite happy to just appoint solely on merit even if it means the same referee officiating consecutive rounds, officiating a game where the winner could play their own country, or refereeing the same team in close succession.

If a football referee is appointed to do the same team twice in a month everyone goes into meltdown!

Garces did a semi in 2015 as well. I'd say he is a bit better than a reasonable choice.

Non Footy Appointments / Re: The Ashes 2019
« on: Mon 26 Aug 2019 10:42 »
The ICC have made changes to the appointments for the last two tests. Erasmus and Dharmasena for both tests.  Wilson sadly shows what happens to any official when they lose confidence. Was this his first time in tests in England. While we were poor with our referrals, how he could not give that last
LBw out.
More I think about it more I think he simply didn’t have the courage to make a big call.


Non Footy Appointments / Re: The Ashes 2019
« on: Sat 17 Aug 2019 00:38 »
How does Aleem Dar not give that out??? Thank goodness for the 3rd Umpire. Hitting middle stump and 12 inches down. Is there anything else more “plumb”.

saw Vinic referee at UCL game in December 17. can not believe he is not in the Elite Group.

Non Footy Appointments / Re: The Ashes 2019
« on: Tue 06 Aug 2019 00:08 »
The umpiring was so poor. Both umpires looked like their confidence was destroyed. I feel for Wilson first big test. But Dar....he was umpire of the year several times. What has happened there.
Great win for the Aussies but for me the highlight was when Dave Warner was being heckled by the crowd....he turns out his pockets. Well played.

General Discussion / Re: Law 16: The Goal Kick
« on: Sun 28 Jul 2019 09:51 »
No. I get my referees to manage the game using common sense and not looking for problems as God knows problems find referees

General Discussion / Re: Law 16: The Goal Kick
« on: Sun 28 Jul 2019 00:02 »
I would use the Duck Rule- if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it's a duck. People players and spectators are expecting a retake for the player being in the PA. give the retake of the goal kick.

General Discussion / Re: Play Off Referees 2000 to 2019
« on: Wed 24 Jul 2019 05:37 »
It is a testimony to Mike Dean's career to see the breadth of years he was appointed.

Non Footy Appointments / Re: The Ashes 2019
« on: Wed 24 Jul 2019 03:11 »
Based on current appointments can we say that Marais and Kumar are seen as the best non English/ Aussie umpires???

General Discussion / Re: Craig Thomson
« on: Thu 23 May 2019 01:12 »
Certainly a referee on his day was World Class. Had some of his best games out of Scotland on International duty. An amazing number of years as a Level . However, he was never a referee that could be fully trusted. He was prone to a brain explosion and a baffling decision as a lot of Scottish referees are..

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