Andy Townsend | What is it the powers that be are so afraid of!  

Once again we are seeing changes imposed on our domestic professional game, but for me we must conquer the fears that are holding us...

Tim Vickery | Ricci’s retirement is refereeing loss but debate’s gain

Sandro Meira Ricci had high hopes of ending his career by taking charge of the World Cup final.  It was not to be.  His...

Kim Milton Nielsen | Friendly farces and cards for coaches  

Referees in the EFL and FA Cup are going to be issuing red and yellow cards to managers and coaches in 2018/19, for a...

Danny Murphy | Rookie refs and Jose’s US rollercoaster

There are two new boys on the block, although they both took a Premier League game last term, as we hopefully welcome David Coote...
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The Secret Ref | Fitness is just one of the tests ahead

The thinking behind the timing of the post-season get-togethers for Select Group 1 referees has always made sense to me. While there have been changes...

Tim Vickery | Curious case of Neymar and his extravagant diving

Almost two years ago, after Brazil won the Olympic football gold medal, I made some comments on this site about Neymar, pointing out that...

Simon Grayson on respect, accountability, his Sunderland shocker and one ref who still makes...

You can hardly mention the World Cup just gone without VAR rearing its head, so how was it for you? I felt, in large part,...

Danny Murphy | Bravo, VAR 2.0, and why Neymar was an exception

It may or may not surprise you to learn that I was not roaming around seeking out the company of referees over my past...

Kim Milton Nielsen | Thanks to politics, the winner could yet be Italy!  

Times have changed in both Russia and France since I was taking charge of games at the very highest level. Over the course of...

Andy Townsend | Change this group-stage cards lottery, FIFA!  

While watching the World Cup and broadcasting from South Africa has been refreshing and different, we are not as cut off from the hype...
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