Referees in the media (week 46)

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.

“Behind our mistakes, there is nothing: it is a mistake and then we turn the page. The referee and our association are like a kite: the more headwind there is, the better and higher we fly.”

Marcello Nicchi after the moment he was chosen as the president of the Italian referees.

Australian A-League referee Shaun Evans. Photo: Refsworld / Anita Milas

Australian A-League referee Shaun Evans. Photo: Refsworld / Anita Milas

This would have been the hardest decision of my life so far! The thought of giving up 4 years as an assistant referee on the A-league panel to pursue a potential career as a referee on the A-league was a massive decision for me to make. The many hours speculating what the future might hold for me.

Shaun Evans, a 24-year-old referee from Australia, has chosen to go on as a center referee. The interviewer from Refsworld was wondering it it was a difficult decision tomake “considering there are more chances to achieve a FIFA badge as a linesman”. Read the full interview with Shaun Evans on Refsworld.

“Refereeing is not an easy job. If the match is being whistled by a Belgian referee or a foreigner doesn’t matter.”

Niels De Schutter, player of Belgian team KV Oostende, emphasizes that it’s not a problem that referees from Luxembourg or The Netherlands officiate in the Belgian leagues. In De Sutter’s opinion the foreign referee of his match against Boussu Dour made some mistakes, but “that happens to Belgians too”.

“I want him especially not to rage at the referee. I don’t want him to do that. Easy. Period.”

The mother of ADO The Hague player Vicento is stern for his son. He has to pay 50 euro’s to five family members each if he gets a yellow card.

Referees in the media (week 29)

‘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.

“With hard work, determination and commitment I’m sure the OFC referees will be just as good, if not better, than the top confederations.”

By Japanese FIFA fitness instructor Toshio Utsumi, who has to prepare the Oceanian referees O’Leary, Kumar and Namo for the u20 World Cup in Colombia, on the website of

“I don’t know if it was because I’m a female too, and they’re used to being refereed by men. Or maybe because I was younger than them.”

By rugby referee Sarah Bennison in The Guardian, who faced disrespect from female players officiating their matches.

Oostrom in police magazine

During work (as police officer, jth) and on the pitch I constantly have to make decisions. So, during my job I practise for refereeing, and vice versa.

By talented 21-year-old referee Ingmar Oostrom in Dutch police magazine Korpskrant. Oostrom wants to become the youngest referee in professional football in The Netherlands. He needs one more promotion to get appointments for matches in Jupiler League, the second level in Holland.

“The fact that our associates go abroad is not only because the get economically important offers. Our leaders are picked because of their technical qualities, not for other reasons.”

By Marcello Nicchi, president of the Italian Referee Association (AIA), in newspaper la Repubblica. He regrets the fact that referee bosses Collina and Rosetti went to respectively Ukrain (2010) and Russia (2011).

We just finished a really incredible day and are nearly at the end of our WWC 2011 journey.

By American refereeing trio on their blog after just after having whistled in match for 3rd place between Sweden and France.