On BBC Sport: Dundee United manager Peter Houston says he fears for the game if every penalty conceded results in a red card. Houston did not dispute Rangers’ three spot-kick awards as United had a trio of players sent off in a 4-0 defeat. But he said: “I worry about the game and where it’s… Continue reading At Odds With Common Sense
Modern-day association football is defined by the current Laws of the Game. Nevertheless, early versions of the Cambridge Rules (originating in 1848), the Sheffield Rules (1858), the Uppingham Rules (1862) and the FA’s 1863 Laws of the Game are readily available.
I responded with several posts on a thread on Tony’s Non-League Forum about recent high profile refereeing errors in England. I’m collating them here.
Sunderland 1 Liverpool 0. The consensus appears to be that if the referee or his assistants had seen the ball deflect off the beach ball, the referee should have stopped the game and re-started with a dropped ball after the beach ball had been removed, in which case, the goal would not have stood.
Continuing from here, on Richard Dunne’s sending off in Manchester City’s 1-8 defeat to Middlesbrough, the BBC reported that “Dunne probably did not mean to catch Tuncay, who had met Chris Riggott’s pass on the edge of the area, but he did foul the Turkish striker and referee Phil Dowd was right to send him… Continue reading The Laws Of The Game
I look for the following from football:
I said I’d come back to this. UEFA has issued a new directive to referees for Euro 2008, so expect more bookings and sendings off. More and more matches will be decided by referees, instead of by the players on the pitch and the strategies and tactics of the managers.