Ever had to ask yourself the question: am I fit enough to referee a sports game? This week that question buzzed in my head. I was not sick enough to stay in bed the whole day. I could even work with a few painkillers. Yes, lots of sneezing and coughing.
It all started last Saturday in my warming-up as referee of an u15 game. The teams were doing their warming-up on another field than we should play on. I walked there, talked to the coaches about the shirt colours and then wanted to check the goal nets on the actual match field. I needed to walk underneath some ads that were placed there.
The ads behind the fans in the photo below are an example of that. The photo is made during a game earlier this season at a different location, but you’ll get the idea. The problem in the situation last weekend was that there was apparently an option for an extra row of ad boards. The boards were not there yet, but there was a horizontal metal pole where the board could be attached on. I did not see it an ran into the metal pole.
There was lots of blood, but after 10 minutes the blood flow was staunched and I could start the match right in time. I had no problems during the game. The nose got a little thick when I was back home, but as long as I did not touch it, I had no problems at all. The problems started later that week when I needed to sneeze a lot and I can tell you that’s quite painfull when your nose still hurts.
Painkillers help something, but the biggest issue is that you’re not fully concentrated and I am not physically fit. I can’t get focussed and will run out of breath after few sprints. Then I decided to call off for my game, so the FA can arrange another person to replace.
The players deserve a person that is fit enough to referee their game. And that was not me.
Have you ever called off a game because you did not feel 100% well? Or have you ever got problems during a game because you went out to officiate a game but were not fully concentrated and you lost control? Please share your experiences, so we could learn from it.