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  1. GraemeS

    Man United vs Arsenal

    Agree completely - he went down because he thought the game would be stopped for him. If he knew it was going to continue, he would have hopped around for a second or two and attempted (and probably succeeded) to make the save, it wasn't a particularly good shot.
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    VAR

    I mean, I think with certain players that's just an insurmountable problem! But hopefully if you couple it with other things we've discussed on this thread (public replays and audible explanations), the vast majority of upheld decisions will at least make sense to the majority of people...
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    VAR

    I think this is a slippery slope however - yes the Irish reaction in that case was extreme, but we all know players will appeal for anything and everything. I'm reminded of a moment where Suarez briefly tried to appeal for a penalty for HB when the GK had made a save! I'm not saying every...
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    VAR

    True, although I think they do still typically sell earpieces and/or broadcast the referee comms on a publicised AM frequency? Coupled with the screens, I think it's usually fairly clear what's going on when the TMO is getting involved - if maybe only partly for those in the ground, certainly...
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    Coventry vs Birmingham

    I think this is a consequence of how many times we've all now viewed it, and the fact a lot of those viewings would have been in slow motion. We're imagining he had the option for a gentle trip and opted for a more violent sideways motion instead, however I don't think that's the case in...
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    Everton v Liverpool

    It's a tricky one - almost impossible for the referee to spot live, and while at a good angle for the AR, quite a long way away and he may have felt he wasn't credible. And then when it goes to VAR, it has the issue of the fact that it probably isn't quite C&O DOGSO due to the height the ball is...
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    VAR

    The West Ham "goal" is a really interesting one - it's the first one in a long time where I felt like a rugby-style system of having the TMO and referee work together via the big screen would have been a big mistake. Usually I'm a massive proponent of that system over the hidden TV monitor...
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    Knee pain relief

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    Coventry vs Birmingham

    It's a really good question, but I think my answer is still the same - it feels red, I want it to be red, the sport as a whole wants it to be red. And the fact the ball isn't in the vicinity does mean I'd set my bar for "excessive force" as low as I can possibly justify setting it, even lower...
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    Coventry vs Birmingham

    Players kick each other during the course of play 100+ times a match - we don't send every single one off. Instead, we consider context, force, intent etc etc. Again, this is cart leading the horse logic - you want to send off, so you're ignoring all the other factors you would typically...
  11. GraemeS

    Coventry vs Birmingham

    Yep. And? None of that meets the definition of SFP or VC, so under current laws anything more than yellow is incorrect.
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    Coventry vs Birmingham

    Completely with you on the principal, but I can't see how you've applied it to reach that conclusion in this particular case. It's not a "kill" trip, but it's also not a "calling card" trip either - the intention is clearly to stop the attack.
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    Coventry vs Birmingham

    Exactly this. We're back to my previous post about trying to judge the intent - was he trying to hurt the player (weapon) or was he trying to stop the player (tool)? For me it is clearly the latter, which is why I don't see how SFP can possibly apply here.
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    Coventry vs Birmingham

    Any tackle "might" injure someone, that doesn't mean we should be sending off every time a player is dispossessed. There are situations where someone might be going for a trip, get it wrong and jam their studs into the back of the opponents ankle (as was the case with the foul on Mane in the...
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    Considering hanging up the whistle

    Agreed, reducing the number of games has been a key part of making it remain fun for me this season. Through the mess of admin involved in changing counties, I ended up doing about 10 matches in total across November, and it was too much. My problematic ankles would constantly be sore, and when...
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