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  1. GraemeS

    Middlesbrough sending off

    The joy of comms. I wouldn't believe Warnock if he told me his name was Neil, so who really knows where the call came from? If the AR really made the recommendation then it's up to the referee to decide if he wants to accept it or not.
  2. GraemeS

    Interesting U13 experience

    Sounds like a tricky game! With respect to your specific questions: 1. Advantage is a privilege, not a guaranteed part of the game. Given the way you've described the game, it sounds like it might have been appropriate to raise the bar on what constitutes an advantage and give the FK in most...
  3. GraemeS

    Middlesbrough sending off

    Particularly fresh in my mind because I gave a penalty for exactly that yesterday! A 50/50 high ball into the box - keeper comes out and punches clear, but also clips the opponents head AND smashes him in the chest/stomach AND also managed to knee him in the thigh. Resulting in a winded player...
  4. GraemeS

    Middlesbrough sending off

    "Entitled to go for it" in no way takes away from the requirement to do so in a safe manner. There are a number of reasons where it would be valid to argue that it shouldn't be red, but the ball being loose doesn't change the basic requirement to not risk the safety of the other players.
  5. GraemeS

    Referee Retention - Open Letter

    My new local grassroots league now includes fee+mileage, as opposed to simply a flat fee that I had before. For this, they require you to hand over a form detailing your mileage. And in both my games so far in this league, I've dutifully filled out the mileage to the nearest mile, multiplied it...
  6. GraemeS

    Youth football DOGSO

    For the literal clear deliberate handball on the line, I think I'd be dismissing for that in competitive football at any age. It's deliberate cheating to deny a goal and even if you take the "referees are educators" approach, I think it's still important to educate the player that it isn't...
  7. GraemeS

    Luton V Swansea

    Really? He's clearly walking towards the ball - regardless of if he kicks it away, blocks the FK or is "only" walking past to get to the side line, the force used by the Luton player was always going to wipe him out. Suggesting in any way that the Luton player somehow didn't know he was about to...
  8. GraemeS

    GK "blocked view" - Brighton v Leicester

    I think the first one is definitely a valid offside call. The second however, I think is very harsh - he's much further away from being in line with the GK's vision and has perhaps only been picked up for this because he was bang-to-rights on the first one. Much easier to spot something when...
  9. GraemeS

    Southampton Penalty

    Penalty and a YC is the correct call for me. Walker is going for the ball, but the opponent is in possession and gets there first.
  10. GraemeS

    Cutting the Grass

    Ever watched any rugby? Or NFL for that matter? Both sports significantly improved by the introduction of an extensive set of hand signals that allow the referee to clearly communicate decisions non-verbally to everyone in a stadium. Football is full of these signals as well, as people have...
  11. GraemeS

    Luton V Swansea

    I've given a yellow each way for something similar in one of my matches, but that was for a push. It also happened to be the pusher's second yellow in that case. But here I think the force involved is dangerous and I don't buy for a second that he somehow hasn't seen the 6ft tall opponent who's...
  12. GraemeS

    Cutting the Grass

    If there's a big shout for it then yeah, why not? I'm not an invisible ghost floating through the match, I'm a person interacting with 22 other people. My job is to make decisions and communicate them - and "no foul" is as much of a decision as "foul", so in some circumstances it can be...
  13. GraemeS

    Tattoos In Football

    I'm not trying to be contrary here, and the advice is clearly outdated. But he was absolutely right to identify that "projecting authority" was something I struggled with early on, and while suggesting a haircut as one possible solution isn't exactly outstanding advice, it's also a long way away...
  14. GraemeS

    Tattoos In Football

    I think it was in literally my very first observation and also, it didn't make it into the report so I just let it go.
  15. GraemeS

    Tattoos In Football

    But this is my point - Clatts was so good that I think he was going to make it anyway. Had a number of on and off-field controversies and still could have chosen to stick around as the best referee in England and one of the top 2 or 3 in Europe, simply because he was exactly that. But if you're...
  16. GraemeS

    Tattoos In Football

    I've been told before that my hair was too long to "generate the required respect". Old fashioned views from old school observers, but those opinions definitely do exist among the people who will be grading your progress. Those opinions will die out over time, but there's no way to guarantee...
  17. GraemeS

    U12 academy match

    I don't quite follow the distinction between a parent who's "volun-told" to run the line and our UK system of Club AR's, possible working alongside a parent who's been "volun-told" to whistle in the middle depending on availability of qualified refs?
  18. GraemeS

    Everton v Burnley

    What you describe in your first few lines is a redefinition of Careless. And that's fine. In the Euros they redefined C and said that the definition of REUF remains the same. In the PL, we've seen a nudge upward of all of them.
  19. GraemeS

    Everton v Burnley

    Exactly. This is just the FA trying to do something that's been trialled in Europe and making a mess of it. Again. It's supposed to be a very slight raising of the bar on how much force actually constitutes a careless foul. And that's it. But either through individual incompetence, or poor...
  20. GraemeS

    U12 academy match

    Yeah, I think @socal lurker might well be on to something there. When I was starting out, I alternated middles with running the line as a CAR for my brothers team for the first few months. Although not quite "working in a team of 3", it was a good way of getting used to the pace of park...
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