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  1. GraemeS

    GK Handball in the Middle of the Pitch

    Ref went yellow, VAR didn't get involved, majority of comments think it should be red. Thoughts?
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    Referee Explaining Decisions

    Australian A-league football again being innovative when it comes to fan engagement with referees: Think this is a good idea? This referee comes across well and does a good job, but I worry that a fumbled or poorly-worded explanation might make things worse. Also helps that he's able to...
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    Failing to Respect the Distance

    Had a first for me this weekend, two cautions in the same game for failing to respect the distance. To be honest, they both seemed fairly cast-iron, to me, but I do wonder if I set my bar a little too low in the moment? First one was a fairly straightforward trip near the half way line by a...
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    Liv v Nor

    Ooooooooooooooooh yeah, the PL is back! Half time and nothing particularly contorversial here. Commentators are desperate for some VAR controversy, but so far haven't had anything particularly interesting to nibble on. Thought a Norwich player was lucky to escape a caution for SPA about 15 mins...
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    Liv v Porto

    Ref already striking me as very unconventional in this one - letting a lot go, then on occasions when players have disputed the no call, he keeps wandering off out of position to try and calm them down while the game is still going on!
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    Forest Green v Colchester

    How many kit clashes can we spot in this video?
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    After-Match Fight

    So I had a bit of a fight kick off after my match today. Match was OK for the 90 minutes - Nothing in the first half at all, 2 "orange" yellows and a PI caution for the home team, a dissent yellow and an AA for a reaction to one of the tackles for the away team. Home team ended up winning...
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    I've seen the following clip circling twitter today from a Liverpool youth game - a late equaliser that has been controversial because a goal was scored while another ball was on the pitch. But I'm not sure there's anything wrong with this? There's no way that ball in the middle was...
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    Licking an Opponent!

    Had an incident today (in a match that got very heated later!) that I've not seen before. Two players square up to each other following some "afters" that didn't look like much to me, and while forehead to forehead, one sticks out his tongue and attempts to lick the face of the other player. I...
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    Sin Bin WebEx

    So, in preparation for my first experience with sin bins, I watched a recording of an online presentation given by an FA instructor. And following this presentation, I sent the following questions to my RDO (yes, I am "that guy"). I'd be interested to know what people here think about these...
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    Mark Halsey

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    Authority as AR

    A match this weekend left me with a couple of questions around how to go about managing players and benches without actually being the one with the cards and whistles. While the referee did a very good job with a difficult away team, I noticed a couple "minor" fouls that he seemed to...
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    Reentering play

    So I had a fairly contentious incident on Saturday that I wouldn't mind some input on. Home team is defending an attack and manage to get the ball out, but the clearance is horribly sliced. It just about goes out for a throw, but then spins dramatically backwards and over a fence into the...
  14. GraemeS

    Carlisle v Yeovile

    Can anyone explain a decision in the following clip that's confusing me? (Skip to 0:28)
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    On the Whistle

    I had an incident in my match last night - free kick just outside the "D" to a team a goal down in the dying seconds of a tight game. Obviously, I'm right on top of this to manage it ceremonially, including telling the player lining up to take the FK that it would be on the whistle. I walk the...
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    Overruling a CAR on in/out of play

    So, I had a fun one yesterday - orange v red (not a kit clash before anyone asks as the red kit was fairly dark and the orange kit was bright!). Red are winning comfortably at this point, but things are a little tense as I've just sent a player of theirs off for 2xcautions and there are about 15...
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    How has your promotion season gone?

    So, as we're coming to the end of the current promotion season, I thought it would be nice to have a central thread discussing how people feel their promotion has gone and how good their experiences have been when being observed. I've struggled a little as I had to take over 2 months out with...
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    Keeping things calm after advantage

    Had an incident in my match yesterday that had me wondering if I could have handled it better. I've heard this situation called a "dream scenario" if it happens when being assessed, but it could have easily turned into a nightmare for me! Attacking left winger is running at the defending full...
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    How deliberate does a "backpass" have to be?

    First off, I know we don't necessarily like that term, but I'm going to use it here as a shorthand. Had an incident in my match today that I would appreciate opinions on. Ball is bouncing around in the PA after a corner kick. It eventually falls to the feet of a defender facing his own goal...
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    Bournemouth v Hull

    I'm intrigued by an incident I've just seen on MOTD, right at the end of the match. A Bournemouth player gets into space in the box, lays it off to a teammate and if then obviously cleaned out. But the teammate is in a good amount of space at the edge of the box, takes a first time shot that...