Referees in the media will be published at the beginning of the week on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.
On one occasion we were out on the pitch in shirtsleeves at 2pm and by ten past three we were in the midst of a blizzard. The goalkeeper couldn’t see 10 metres ahead, the players couldn’t see their team-mates or where the ball was going and one player collided with an opponent and broke his nose.- Mike Riley, England
Mike Riley, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited and a former FIFA referee, talks about bad weather conditions during a football match. He explains about pitch inspections and postponement rules.
“The referee is the bos of the stadium”, says Michel Platini (here on 2012 archive image / Creative Commons).
It is the referee who is the boss in the stadium.- Michel Platini, (Uefa President, France)
Uefa President Michel Platini talks about discriminating chants in the stadium and how referees should deal with it. He tells BBC that match-fixing is his biggest worry for future football.
Without my wife looking after our young daughter and my parents and brothers working and helping out on the family business (dairy farm), I would not have been able to referee as much as I have.- Arnold Hunter, Northern Ireland
Arnold Hunter couldn’t make it as a referee on international level without support from his family. Read part 1 and part 2 of the interview with Arnold Hunter.
Lorraine Clark has managed to juggle the demands of her job as an electrical engineer in property services, working on sustainability projects for schools and care homes, while undertaking her duties as a referee.- Alan Paul, Scotland
Lorraine Clark is the first female referee to officiate at Ibrox during a match of the Glasgow Rangers.
In many areas of life and sports, people consistently break new records. You also need to make and break your own record to elevate yourself to higher abilities and capabilities. The only way to do this is through continuous education and a small but important part of this is self education.- Hasan Al Sabah, AFC Deputy General Secretary
The AFC Deputy General Secretary stresses that Asian referees also need to educate themselves and not only do it when they have an meeting at the referee association.