Referees in the media (week 6)

‘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.

“You are there as the pitch policemen to make sure that things are being done in accordance with the Laws of the Game. Try also to act in a preventative manner – don’t wait until something happens, try to stop it before it happens.”

Hugh Dallas, Uefa referee instructor.

“The consensus was that there will always be tackles that are borderline but it’s important to return to the message that the players have consistently had over the last three years. That message is that if you commit to a tackle that’s at speed and with intensity, typically with both feet off the ground, then you put yourself at risk of being sent off.”

Mike Riley stresses that the British referees did not get a new advice on how to interpret tackles.

“The fact that after the interview uproar has arisen over the presence of the camera crew in the dressing room, indicates that this is something the FA does not want in the future. The initiative will therefore not be sustained.”

Says a spokesman of the Dutch FA. A camera man interviewed referee Kuipers during halftime of the cup match AZ – Ajax (with permission of the FA). That was the first and last time in Dutch football.

Nigel de Jong as referee, trying to calm down Jolean Lescott and Micah Richards.

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