Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lee Probert Blows Too Soon

That’s what she said. Actually, that’s what Swansea said, and they may just have a point. So, Swansea were at Arsenal, and were reinvigorated by a Mathieu Flamini own goal in the 90th minute. (Yes. Really.) The score was 2-2 at this point. There had originally been four minutes of added time, but the goal and celebration should have added

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MLS Replacement Ref Speaks to Press

Continuing on from our earlier conversation about referees explaining their decision, I did notice one interesting thing from the second week of the MLS lockout. After his woeful penalty kick call, MLS replacement ref Alan Kelly had this to say: “Yeah I saw a challenge from behind from the defender [Olave] on the attacker [Chavez]. And the second question you

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Should Referees Explain Their Decisions?

After yesterday’s debacle at Stamford Bridge, with Andre Marriner sending off the wrong Arsenal player, there’s been a predictable amount of howling from the media that referees should be forced to explain their decisions. It’s an interesting question and not as straightforward as it may seem at first blush. I’ve heard over and over that referees should be forced to

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Andre Marriner Sends off Wrong Guy?

UPDATE: Premier League has transferred the red card to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (most likely at Marriner’s request, but that’s unconfirmed). AOC will now serve a one-match ban. So, by now you’ve heard that the only thing worth talking about in Chelsea’s 6-0 thrashing of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge was the fact that Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs by mistake. The basics are

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MLS Referees: March 22 and 23rd

Always check “Latest Appointments” on the sidebar for updated referee appointments. The boys are back in town! MLS’ regular referees pick up the mantle this week, fresh off their collective bargaining agreement with the league. The top MLS referee will officiate the Colorado Rapids, who arguably helped bring about the end of the two-week old lockout when Marvin Chavez conned

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News: MLS and Referees Reach Agreement

The MLS referees union, Professional Soccer Referees Association, has reached a five-year collective bargaining agreement with MLS. The agreement ends the two week old lockout of regular referees by the MLS refereeing body, Professional Soccer Organization (PRO). Terms have not been disclosed. The union voted to ratify the agreement, which was reached with the help of Federal mediators, on Wednesday

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MLS Referees Near Return?

Could we be seeing World Cup referee Mark Geiger (above) in action for MLS soon? According to an ESPN report, it’s a very strong possibility. The referees’ union, Professional Soccer Referee Association (PSRA) and MLS’ Professional Refereeing Organization (PRO), have been tied up in a labor dispute that has seen the regular refs locked out for the first two weeks

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