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Referees in the media (week 49 – 52)

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.

Due to holidays and incident in Dutch football, I made a list with quotes from the last month. The Dutch Referee blog wishes you a very sportive 2013.

“Oh yes, of course I miss it. It’s like a player, when he finishes playing. I miss it a lot, but on the other hand, it’s good because you are still involved, still hungry and can explain better to the referees what they need to do.”

Massimo Busacca, former Swiss top referee and current Fifa referee boss, misses refereeing. Read full interview with Busacca on Fifa.com.

“Age caught up with me, I think. But you don’t get tackled as a referee.”

Mick Massingham after he received the Richard Taylor Memorial Trophy. The award is presented to those who have made an outstanding contribution to refereeing. He had to stop playing football due to an injury, but could continue running with the whistle.

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“My technical skills with the ball are unfortunately very limited. When I realized that, I said to myself: “Come, you will become a referee.” For me it was a great way to get to know football from a different angle.”

Referee Marcel Neuer, brother of Bayern Munich’ss goalie Manuel, talks about his career as referee. Full interview with Marcel Neuer in German on website of DFB, the German FA.

“It only took the Saints fans 20 minutes to welcome him back with derisory chants which perversely he will have loved hearing – normal service was resumed.”

Graham Poll about the first match of referee Mark Clattenburg after the Chelsea allegations of racism. Read the full review by Poll of the Premier League Referees.

“We had a great three weeks in Japan and although very tough, it is a further step in the selection of referees for the Women’s World Cup to be held in Canada 2015.”

Referee Sian Massey blogs about the World Cup earlier this year and her experiences with top level refereeing.

“Passion, commitment and going into games without prejudice against teams with players who got a migration background.”

That’s what Hans-Dieter Wichert wants to advice young referees to take with them on their path of their refereeing career. On the 21st of December the referee from Germany was 40 years on refereeing duty.

Referees in the media (week 38)

‘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.

As I sat and reflected on it all at the closing ceremony, I thought about how honoured I was to part of such an event and there was a small tear in my eye as they extinguished the Paralympic flame.

Ross Haswell has been appointed for the Paralympics final match. He wrote two articles about experiences at the events in London.

“Select group match officials are emailed on a Monday every week with the upcoming appointments. Only then can they confirm, or all to often, postpone social arrangements with wives and friends. Yes, referees have social lives, too.”

Graham Poll about referees being normal persons with social lives too. In his weekly column on Daily Mail’s website.

“Less than 24 hours to go to my game. Today was rest day and I got a haircut and a clean shave to make myself look good for the game. The assessor will be on the lookout for even the finest of details that make/break a referee’s game. The change is also nice for the confidence.”

Schiedsrichter Zeitung, the German referee magazine. Issue 5 of 2012.


“The pressure was already huge. One can as referee not rest because of your experience, you always need to prove yourself in every game.”

Knut Kircher about the match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich during last season, in German referee magazine Schiedsrichter Zeitung (Referee Newspaper, ed.). The German referee was named the best referee of the last season.

“That it went so well after my comeback last season, pleases me very much.”

Christine Baitinger is back in German women’s top league after she paused a year afther the birth of her son. He was immediately after comeback named as Women’s referee of the year in Germany.

Here’s the link to the latest German referee magazine Schiedsrichter Zeitung (pdf).

Referees in the media (week 20-23)

‘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.

Sorry for the delay, guys. I’m going to marry later this month and it takes some time to arrange things. Will provide you with some interviews and blogs later on, also on a more regular basis. Here are some quotes of the last weeks for you. I hope you’ll enjoy.

“The referee has become someone who applies the rules. I rarely see real authorities, referees with charisma.”

Charles Corver, referee at the 1980 World Cup in Italy, dislikes Uefa’s decision that referees may not explain their decisions to the media. He also wishes that referee could give just a warning and not a yellow in sportive maches. Quotes in Dutch newspaper Trouw.

“I’m a very calm person, and a big match like Friday’s doesn’t affect me that much.”

Carlos Velasco Carballo before the opening match at Euro 2012, where he send of Greece player Sokratis Papastathopoulos after two unjustified yellow cards.

“It is crucial not only to have referees with a professional approach, but we must also have the right environment and create a professional structure. We have to protect and support the referees, and we have to prepare them.”

Said FIFA President Joseph Blatter.

“I have been involved in refereeing since I was 14 and this excellent news makes that commitment all the more worthwhile.”

Willie Collum becomes an Uefa Elite referee.

“The most surprising inclusion in the list after disappointing Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina earlier this year when refusing a penalty in the Milan v Barcelona Champions League quarter-final and then defending his decision on TV. He is very ambitious and very confident.”

Former English top referee Graham Poll gives his verdict about the Euro 2012 referees. Read his opinion about the other referees here
. Got this thanks to ‘The Referee’, a worth following referee blog by John King.

Referees in the media (week 12)

‘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.

Every boy dreams of walking onto the hallowed turf of Hampden and I have now had the great privilege and honour of fulfilling this dream.

Scottish Assistant Referee Charlie Smith blogs about his experiences as cup final AR. He blogs about the week before the final from the moment he heard hewould be there.

“That’s absolutely ludicrous, trying to protect the poor performances of the officials they supply us. It’s a joke.”

Mark Hughes laughs at the British FA because it released a statement that it is in favour of the use of technology when the match QPR – Bolton wasn’t even finished. During the match Martin Atkinson and his AR missed a clear goal.

“Webb and his officials should be commended on their handling of Muamba incident.”

Header above Graham Poll’s review of last weekend’s football.
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Referees in the media (week 49)

‘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.

“After the match we change clothes, fill out the match form and send it via iPhone.”

International referee Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands on the modern way of sending the match report in the weekly section on the Dutch FA website.

“It was a real shock and probably the most disappointing decision of my career.”

Graham Poll about missing the Euro 2004 in Portugal.

“The top two is the same every season, of course.”
One of the players in the Scilly league on group of islands on the south-western tip of England. The comptition contains two teams who play each other 16 times a season, all under supervision of referee Paul Charnock. Read more about this in the Fifa Magazine (page 56 and further)

“Let adversity be your catalyst and greatness will be yours.”

The motto of Adrian Skeete from Barbados in an interview with this blog.

“This will ensure that referees’ education is of utmost importance for the referees and assistant referees to perform correctly and perfectly in the field of play and also to update themselves with the latest technical knowledge in assistantship.”

Said UAE Football Association General Secretary Yousuf Mohd Abdullah during the AFC first ever elite course for assistant referees.

Referees in the media (week 48)

‘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.

“It doesn’t cost you a title. Every time they have won the title they have had decisions that have gone their way big style.”

Graham Poll criticizes sir Alex Ferguson after another referee blast from Manchester United’s coach.

“I want you to know that you played a part in my refereeing career – even those of you who criticized are part of what made me a better referee.”

Said Héctor Vergara before his last international match ever. The Canadian assistant referee retired on 11-11-11. Read the interview of the Dutch Referee Blog with Vergara here.

“Discipline in every aspect of one’s daily life is important if you aim for the top.”

Ravshan Irmatov told young Asian referees how he devides his time between family and his devotion to refereeing.

Referees in the media (week 33)

‘Referees in the media’ will be published each Monday on the Dutch Referee Blog and provides remarkable or interesting quotes and links to articles worth reading.

“They often asked me after the game what I thought of the arbitration, but I never said anything negative to them and definitely not that they may have caused loss or win of a match.”

Says François Eelen, who was referee assessor in Belgian top leagues until last week, in an interview with Nieuwsblad. He regrets the way he was set aside just two days before the start of the competition started.

“There has always been a misguided desire to keep 22 players on the pitch and, as a result, difficult players often get away with too much and then believe they can repeat their actions without sanction.”

says Graham Poll in his weekly referees review on Daily Mail. He admits he used to do it with some ‘irksome’ players too.

“Coaches must learn to live with errors.”

In a opinion article by Reinhard Schüssler, head of sport at WAZ Mediengruppe (Media Groupe, jth).