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Referees in the media (week 36)

‘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.

“Tell them and train them to understand that modern day refereeing involves a host of extremely technical skills. It demands a certain level of academic flair, high physical fitness, strong mental and psychological personalities and also excellent communication skills.”

An advice to all Asian fitness instructors by Toshio Utsumi, Fifa fitness instructor.

“If he has seen it again, all he has to say is, ‘I’m sorry’.”

Says former Dutch international top referee Mario van der Ende about Kevin Blom’s performance and last minute penalty kick call against Scotland after a dive.

“When no one speaks about you, everything is fine.”

Says Sacha Stegemann, one of German refereeing brothers.


  • Niclas

    Mario van der Ende is actually right.
    I wished, UEFA and its referees could give a statement on such perfomances or single mistakes. It would be much easier for fans and referees to understand mistakes.

    I am observing all the German referees as far as I am able to.
    I only saw Stegemann so far in some 2nd Bundesliga matches as AR.
    He seems to be highly regarded as he got many promotions in the last seasons. Could be an option for 2nd Bundesliga (as ref) in a few years.

  • Niclas

    That is not the way of German referees either.
    Normally, referees are interviewed after the match if something big happened (e.g. Kinhöfer was asked why he allowed the goal in Hannover-Hoffenheim). But well…50% of the referees do not admit they have made mistakes and although I like him as referee, Felix Brych is one of those who seem to be unable to admit mistakes after the matches…

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