Welcome to Play the Advantage! This is my blog and as such, I get to set the rules. I don’t have many, as you can pretty much tell if you’ve read very far at all.
Comments that can be in any way construed as advocating violence against referees will not be tolerated. (Sadly, yes, I do have to say this.) Any comment suggesting a referee took a bribe or is in some way corrupt without evidence will not be approved. Violence against referees and accusations of match fixing are very serious, and I won’t allow them on my blog. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
Note the Second: This is a site dedicated to referees and positive toward them. I don’t mind respectful criticism, but if you’re here to just bash the referees (particularly because they don’t follow rules and interpretations you just make up) and you don’t add anything to the conversation, I reserve the right to bin your comments. There are plenty of other places on the interwebs to bash referees
Want to get your comment trashed? Here’s how:
1.) Threaten a referee – Not funny. Not okay. I will report you to the authorities if you do this on my watch.
2.) Be disrespectful, mean-spirited or just downright annoying – Call people names. Tell everyone what an idiot they are because they don’t understand a Law you haven’t actually read.
3.) Call me names – I love being called a “stupid so and so” by some kid living with his mom. (And yes, I’ll figure it out if you call me names in a language other than English.)
4.) Tell me I’m a girl – I’m a what?! While you’re at it, ignore the piles of evidence to the contrary on my site and suggest I don’t know anything about football because of said gender. That totally turns me on.
5.) Say the same thing four times – Break it into four different, Tolstoy-length comments that you push through at the same time, too, because that’s the perfect way to get my attention.
6.) Say I’m biased for <insert random country or team here> – I’m biased. We all are. And I’m quite up front about my biases: Switzerland (both the country and the team), Tottenham Hotspur, Nicola Rizzoli and Rockstar energy drinks. If what you’re accusing me of supporting isn’t on that list, don’t bother.
7.) Insist the ref play by your rules – Here’s a good one. Just make shit up. Decide that everyone on the pitch should be thrown off. Totally make up Laws or completely misinterpret existing Laws. Then rip the ref to pieces for not following your completely made up, emotionally-based rules. That’ll be funny for about ten seconds, then the rest of us will get tired of listening to your fantasy and I’ll block you.
8.) Run with scissors – I jest. You should totally run with scissors. That never stops being funny.
Don’t like these rules? Go play on your own blog. I am under no obligation whatsoever to let you run amok on mine.