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    League averages step5/6

    It has long been thought that some observers intentionally mark first year referees lower as they know they are safe and it lets them keep their average mark down and away from any scrutiny. Probably harder now with the new form, but still technically possible. When I've coached referees I've...
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    NCEL postpone restart until Jan

    I agree, a major revamp this year instead of the usual minor updates and bringing the database up to date.
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    NCEL postpone restart until Jan

    I think they are taking a massive risk delaying restarting until January. There's no evidence that restrictions will be any looser then, and most experts seem to think there will be a serious spike in mid-January due to the loosening of restrictions over Christmas. Realistically I think this...
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    It was nice while it lasted...

    Not just grass roots affected, the Newcastle vs Villa game scheduled for Friday has just been called off after a serious outbreak within the home team.
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    Club Marks

    Exactly that. When an "outlying mark" is awarded to a referee it will have all kinds of alarm bells ringing with the RefsSec, by that I mean if a referee who consistently averages 80+ suddenly gets a ridiculously low mark he will be looking at it. Did the marking team lose, are they normally...
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    Club Marks

    They have their place. I'm not going to pretend they are perfect as far from it, but they serve a purpose. There is evidence that on the whole club mark merit tables align reasonably closely to observer merit tables. Most supply league appointments officers will tell you that it is very rare...
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    Championship Appointments

    Don't think so, they used to use SG1 referees on most big games and derbies but that stopped a couple of years ago. Anyone deemed to be good enough for SG2 should really be trusted on any Championship game, obviously you wouldn't give them one of those as their first game but if they then...
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    Orlando city...again

    The number 11 was the worst offender at getting in the referee's face after the Nani sending off as well.
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    REA vs BC

    In fairness I didn't say that it did :) There will be collisions in football that cause injury, that doesn't mean it has to be a red card. For the second one I just think his foot is moving in a natural movement and has caught his opponent. For a red there I'd want to have some level of...
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    REA vs BC

    For the first one the player has taken a risk as he left the ground, but I would say the fact he pulls out before any contact makes it at worst a caution. The second one I am struggling with. It looks nasty I agree, but the defender is looking up in the air when he makes contact and I think it...
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    League averages step5/6

    Someone mentioned to me that the national average for level 4s was around 71.9.
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    It was nice while it lasted...

    If it doesn't restart now it won't restart at all in my opinion. Virus rates and load on the NHS won't decrease until Winter is over so I can't see these restrictions going away any time soon. Add into the mix the Christmas removal of restrictions it looks to everyone like January will be the...
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    Liverpool v Atalanta

    I would say that different referees have different approaches to the game. I let a lot of physical contact go with sometimes players stopping and expecting a free kick, and it has bitten me on the derriere more than once when I haven't reigned it back in quickly enough. But I would say that...
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    Inter v Real Madrid

    There's a possible brushing of Vidal's chest against Taylor's arm. If you are sending off there as a straight red you are doing so for VC and a FIFA referee doing that would be laughed out of town (and his FIFA badge). Whereas two cautions was very good to see and more than appropriate.
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    It was nice while it lasted...

    In the previous tier system referees could travel in and out of tier 3 areas, but teams couldn't. I saw an email from the FA today saying they are seeking guidance from DCMS around the regulations on travelling between tiers.
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