New Member
Morning all,

I'm Ben, I'm an amateur ref, so nothing special I'm afraid, but I referee a couple of games a week.
I'm British, for my sins, but currently living, working and refereeing in a (majority) european expat league in Abu Dhabi.

I look forwards to anything I can gain from being a member of Refchat.

Thanks and all the best.


Forum VAR
Staff member
Welcome to the rabble Ben

Always nice seeing members in other parts of the world, don't be shy to share your experiences with us

Enjoy the site


The avuncular one
Hi mate. Good to have another Ben around the place (also being a Ben myself).

I have found this site to be Ben friendly, never once having had the soppy Michael Jackson song snug to me.... :D


New Member
Thanks Ross / Ben.

I've already dumped a thread about interpretation of the backpass rule in the the laws forum.
Expat leagues are great. Only had to book a couple of players and one of them was for calling the linesman a c***.

I'm starting to come to the conclusion that unless the players of one side or the other are swearing at you, you're probably not doing your job right.
Me: **BLOWS WHISTLE** "Offside!"
Player: Grabs the ball and goes for the quick throw in.
Me: **WHISTLE AGAIN**, "Ball back here, Offside!!"
Player: "What the f**k are you doing ref?!?"
Me: "Ummm... giving YOU a free kick..."
Player: "Urgh"