Referees in the media (week 48)

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.

“Only Stindl had paid attention to it and counted correctly. He mentioned the mistake to his coach Mirko Slomka and the club reported it to the DFL (German Footbal League, jth) and they observed the failure too. Consequence: The midfield player is missing the match on Tuesday against Greuther Fürth.”

It’s not a quote by a referee, but a translation from German newspaper Bild. Referee Christian Dingert has shown Lars Stindl form Hannover’96 a yellow card during the match against Frankfurt, but it was not shown in the Bundesliga statistics nor on the referee report. Because this was his fifth, he got suspended. That’s fair play by Stindl – I love that.

“I think it is becoming more of an option now. There was talk of a mentor-style system starting at academy level. The fact is that the best referees would still get through and it would be a relationship that would be mutually beneficial for both players and referees because they could both learn from each other. I think that is something that might change in the future.”

Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper about refereeing after his career. Read the full interview by GKicon with the goalie.

“The club regrets not having given more consideration before issuing a statement on the evening of Sunday 28th October. The club also regrets the subsequent impact the intense media scrutiny had on Mark Clattenburg and his family.”

A statement by Chelsea and the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

Referees in the media (week 32)

‘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.

A Dutch interviewer in newspaper ‘de Volkskrant’ about big football tournaments: “That’s where the Ronaldo’s of this world are.”

Cover photo of Volkrant’s summer appendix with Serdar Gözübüyük.

“That means nothing to me. Come on, if they go to the bathroom, they stink too.”

The reply of Serdar Gözübüyük, a very talented Dutch referee, who stresses that a certain status doesn’t change the person. He emphasises that even if you become more popular, also as a referee, you need to be yourself. You can the the full interview (in Dutch) in last weekend’s Volkskrant.

“There is a greater appeal to your sense of empathy. One minute you make a lace set, the next whistle you for a serious offense.”

Barry Huizinga is going to whistle at the Olympic football tournament and talks about the difference with regular football.

“It’s safe to say my preparations for this season have been far better than last year given I spent twelve weeks hopping around like long John Silver after ankle ligament reconstruction.”

Bobby Madden from Scotland blogs about his preparations for next season. Worth reading and he’ll publish more parts of his journey towards season start. (That’s what the words ‘part 1’ suggest.)

A referee “must be prepared to accept that he may occasionally punish a player when no simulation has occurred because such decisions are difficult to make.”

From a statement by the Professional Game Match Officials (UK). These guidelines must reduce the number of cheating incidents.