Blog,  news

Referee news (2): the cheating is back

The referee news of this week has a few interesting story. I liked the idea of David Meier in his blog story “The cheating is back”. Below you’ll find more stories plus the international appointments of this week.

David Meier:  The cheating is back

An interesting plea from David Meier on his blog. The idea: if a club appeals to a ban for cheating, increase it with one game. Good idea?

It’s about the following incident. Meier starts: “I do not blame the referee on making the mistake to give a penalty, but I do blame the player for cheating, absolutely disgusting behaviour in my opinion.” The authorities gave the cheating player a 2 match ban. And then the club appeals against the ban and that is what Meier dislikes the most. “By putting in their appeal they condoned Walker’s behaviour and we’re hoping they could have got the two match ban overturned. In my opinion the FA should have increased his ban to three games once the appeal was lost”, he adds. It would “send out a signal that cheating is not acceptable in our game.” Check full blog story of David Meier.

What’s your opinion on this plea in the “cheating is back”?

International appointments

Tuesday: Nicola Rizzoli, Pavel Kralovec, Daniele Orsato, Anastasios Sidiropoulos and Willie Collum are refereeing on Tuesday’s Champions League games. Collum will officiate Dutch side Ajax. Check full appointments.

Wednesday: The referees for Wednesday are: Mark Clattenburg, Damir Skomina, Bjorn Kuipers, Deniz Aytekin and Felix Brych. Top matches are Porto – AS Roma (Kuipers) and Villarea CF vs AS Monaco (Brych). Check all appointments.

Thursday: The 3rd Team has also published the Europa League appointments of this week.

Fifa referees doing tests

Uefa has shown us some nice pics from Fifa referees doing their fitness and Laws of the game tests. Nice insight.

New professional referee in Australia

The Australian Football Association has announced a new fulltime professional referee. Shaun Evans will replace Ben Williams as third member of the full-time Professional Referees Panel. Read more about this news.

Ben Williams was the former World Cup referee from Australia. On my blog he gave 3 tips to become a top referee.

Ben Williams.
Ben Williams refereeing in Australia. Photo provided by referee.

Offside case study at Olympics

The 3rd Blind Mouse blogs about refereeing as well and he has spotted a great offside example at the Olympics. The AR there goes wrong, but that’s not his only point. He points out a few lessons/things you need to be aware off as (assistant) referee. Check case study.

Fifa building VAR centre

Nice to see how Fifa is focusing on the Video Assistant Referee nowadays.

Have you seen an interesting story? Mail to

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.