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    Referee kicks out at player during PSG match

    I think the arm went out from the player as a response to the body suddenly in front of him. I don't see an elbow there. This is a referee who lost his cool at the collision. Don't get to do that as a referee - need to be able to keep your calm and think through the situation. He wouldn't...
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    Manager abuse for goal decision

    Hi megemilysx, sorry to hear about you copping this. It's really disgraceful. It's actually quite terrifying to think that a grown man thinks it alright to spew that much abuse at a 15 year old girl. He's nothing but a predator, one one can only wonder how he treats women in other...
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    1st Competitive UK VAR

    The problem is, in the HAL we're usually seeing the wrong decision reached through the wrong process HAL has gotten far more decisions wrong than right. Either by not intervening when they should, intervening when they shouldn't, and coming up with the wrong decision. Even in the last couple...
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    How to effectively follow the action at corners?

    Yeah, defenders rate 'changing positions' highly on their 'list of things that people with a clipboard think is important'. Assessor should give you suggestions on your positioning but not mark you down unless you were in the wrong position and it affected your decision making. But you're...
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    1st Competitive UK VAR

    You can't possibly implement it any worse than in Australia. Driven so many people away from the game - and it's amazing just how biased it's made the referees look as well; I've never heard so many people utterly convinced the game is rigged. It's basically doing the exact opposite of...
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    How to effectively follow the action at corners?

    Without neutral AR's, I 'm a big fan of standing off the goal line. There's no such thing as perfect position. It's a matter of weighing up what is more likely to happen, what's more significant, and how much Position A enhances your ability to see one thing but compromises on another, versus...
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    Goal or No Goal?

    The attacker clearly ran into the keeper. There's no doubt that this is a foul.
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    Drawbacks of the VAR system

    I'll argue with that - no, they haven't admitted anything. They've come out with a vague, typical PR response of 'oh, the VAR is important and we're always looking to improve it', but that's pretty much it. The sort of response that's so vague it just holds the fans in contempt. Out of...
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    Encroachment!

    Par for the course in the Australian A-league. This weekend there was one - ref took his sport almost level with the penalty kicker, maybe a yard or two upfield. I kid you not - another striker was legitimately in front of the ref by the time the kicker hit the ball. I mean, the ref's view...
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    Drawbacks of the VAR system

    You've misread my post - I haven't made an accusation of the comp being rigged at all - although as I've stated, VAR has certainly strengthened the appearance of a rigged system. Never before have so many fans talked about bias and corruption in the league. Never before have so many fans from...
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    Drawbacks of the VAR system

    links are likely to be geoblocked to Australia If you want to see the drawbacks of the VAR system, just watch...well, pretty much any Australian A-League match. It's the worst thing that's ever happened. Now, to start with, our HAL refs are not great, not great at all. There are massive...
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    Goalkeeper colours

    Why are you concerned about the shorts and socks? a different jersey satisfies 'distinguishable'. Consider what the reasoning behind the relevant law is, and you'll see that even if you somehow got the keeper's legs confused with a teammate's, it makes no difference whatsoever to any scenario.
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    Player Takes Shirt Off During Match ....

    Many of us would have plenty of problems with both his logic and his constant abuse of other referees, both on here and off!!! Fortunately I have no idea what he's saying. Life is much simpler that way. Discussion remains far more constructive too.
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    Player Takes Shirt Off During Match ....

    So you're not stopping play for it?
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    Player Takes Shirt Off During Match ....

    W So a player has removed his jersey for no apparent reason, is making no attempt to put it back on and proceeds to play wearing no jersey and you're going to allow that? Just so I'm clear :-)
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    Player Takes Shirt Off During Match ....

    All fair points, but the jersey is a bit different to a shoe or shinpad. The Jersey is what identifies the player AS a player, a match participant, and one specific to a team. So I think it holds particular importance there. I don't think a player suddenly taking it upon himself to run...
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    Player Takes Shirt Off During Match ....

    I know plenty of 'well known assessors' who are dangerously incompetent. Your assessor needs to read the laws - they only mandate a caution if it's in celebration of a goal. Having said that, your local area may have a directive/comp rule that would require a caution (such as my area requires...
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    First Game tomorrow Very nervous

    If you have 2 watches - or one with a stopwatch and a countdown timer that runs simultaneously, then you can afford to keep stopping and starting (one stops and starts, the other keeps going). And really, if you don't have one of those things, you should have - too easily to accidentally stop...
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    First Game tomorrow Very nervous

    I agree with Graeme. There's a reason why referee watches have the option to vibrate and not beep, after all. If you don't have one of those it's no big deal, but it is a bit handy and yes, can help minimise arguments.
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    Chilly Tonight (And tomorrow)

    I thought 4 degrees was considered balmy up your way? :P I've always struggled with multiple layers in the middle, just overheat. On the line though? I have no opposition to AR's wearing jackets, even a clear or black raincoat/poncho if weather permits. It does depend a bit on the level and...