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First Game yesterday

Discussion in 'New Referees' started by Jim Barnett, Sep 25, 2017.

  1. UKColt

    UKColt Active Member Level 7 Referee

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    Graham Poll once gave a player 3 yellow cards.
    Howard Webb didn't send off Nigel De Jong in the World Cup final for a karate kick to the chest.
    Keith Stroud gave an IDFK after encroachment at a penalty instead of a retake.

    Even referees with decades of experience, who are notionally at the top of their profession make bad decisions. Do not be too hard on yourself for making mistakes in your first game. You did plenty right, and as others have said it is helpful to write those things down after each game so you can see what you do well, not just what you need to improve on.
     
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    Padfoot The Enlightened One

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  5. PinnerPaul

    PinnerPaul Well-Known Member Level 7 Referee

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    Excellent point about the errors. There was an article along the same lines many moons back that has always stuck in my mind, after Sir Alex Ferguson (Surprise, surprise) said something like 'Referees have to stop making mistakes'. The thrust of the article was that it was an impossible dream, just like saying to a player you must never make a mistake in a game.
     

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