Referees in the media (week 17 and 18)

‘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.

“I went past an Ild player and then tripped over my own feet. It was unbelievably clumsy of me and when the referee pointed to the spot I felt I had to speak out.”

Talat Abunima spoke with local newspaper Sandnesposten after he was send of in Norwegian fifth league after being send of for protesting against a penalty kick he conceived.

Referee Nedzad Munjic also gave a reaction to the same newspaper. He still disagreed with the player:

“It was a clear penalty. The player got it all wrong – I don’t think the players know the rules properly. And when I’ve blown the whistle, I can’t change my mind.”

The red card has been rescinded. Read more about this story on the Reuters website.

“I think the first few decisions for the referee set the tone for the match, to get a certain security. And I think if the first decisions are taken well, then you get into the match easily as a referee.”

German referee Wolfgang Stark after his appointment for the Europa League final between Club Atlético de Madrid and Athletic Club next Wednesday.

“EURO 2012 will be a tough challenge. It will not only be remembered for the quality of the play, but also for the quality of the refereeing. We need a very high commitment from all of you from now until the end of the competition.”

Uefa’s chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina expresses his hopes for Euro 2012 to the twelve refereeing teams.

“During muy career as a linesman I always continued whistling matches. With lots of fun I whistled the sixth team from DZSV or a match of A-juniors. I’d really like to whistle again.”

Former international assistant referee Wijnand Rutgers has stopped as AR at national level too. He gets back to refereeing third and fouth amateur level matches, says he to De Gelderlander, a local newspaper in Holland.

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