Collina supports idea of sin bin

Player on sin bin.

Uefa’s referee boss Collina supports use of sin bin in football. Photo Chris Hills / Creative Commons

Uefa referee boss Pierluigi Collina supports the use of the sin bin in football matches. “We are going to introduce a new rule into football”, Collina told in Turin before the Europa League final to the media. According to Reuters Collina says that “a player who causes an opponent to leave the pitch because of a bad tackle should also go off the field until his victim has been treated”.

“Maybe in the future we could tell the player (who committed the foul) to leave the field as well, and (they both) enter the field together, when the other player is ready”, the Italian former top referee told Reuters.

UEFA plans to submit the proposal to the IFAB, the organisation that decides about the football rules. Their next meeting will be held between February and March 2015.

Collina also suggested that the triple punishment rule (red card, penalty kick opponent + suspension for next match) should be changed, because it’s not fair. He said that the penalty kick restores the goalscoring opportunity. These refereeing ideas are also in the plans of Jerome Champagne, candidate for Fifa precidency.

Photo time because Pierluigi Collina is in town

Pierluigi Collina is still a very popular referee. Many fans wanted to take a photo with him at the when he gave the lecture “The Art of Decision Making: Transform and Stay on Top of Your Game” at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

Pierluigi Collina says the key to being successful is adaptability. “The one who survives is not the strongest, but the one who reacts fastest and the best to change”, he said on Today Online. And added: that the best referees “are looking at change as an opportunity and not something to be afraid of.”

He also told the reporters that “the referee has less than a second to decide, and everybody knows that a referee’s job is very difficult. But everybody also forgets that and starts complaining about the referee’s decision.”

After you’ve seen the photo’s you might be interested in the video interview with Pierluigi Collina “I like referees”.

Fans with Pierluigi Collina

Pierluigi Collina likes referees

Referee campaign by Belgian FA: I like referees

Referee campaign by Belgian FA: I like referees

The Belgian FA has started the campaign “I like referees” earlier this season. Uefa referee boss Pierluigi Collina likes referees too.

“I think it’s important to support, help and assist the referees, so any action to promote refereeing is very important. I’m very pleased that the Belgian FA started such initiative.”

Pierluigi Collina also talks about the moment he got the most respect as a referee. “Ofcourse it was the World Cup final. I was invited on stage by Fifa presidant Blatter put a gold medal around my neck and then the crowd in the Yokohama stadium gave a very big applause. It’s something I’ll never forget. Fantastic.”

His last advice: “Support the referee be liking the facebook page.”

Also check out the interview with Howard Webb by the Dutch Referee Blog about his advice to young referees at the start of the campaign.

Referees in the media (week 47)

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.

“They cannot have contact with members of the public, because you don’t know what can be exchanged.”

Local organising committee CEO Mvuso Mbebe about the referees who will officiate at the African Nations Cup 2013 in Januaray and February.

“We will not assign referees next weekend for games in the D-League in Darmstadt. We have a duty of care for our referees and can in all honesty not tolerate that they put their health at risk in order to allow others to exercise their hobbies.”

Local county referee chief Sebastian Schaab in Darmstadt about the referee strike.

“You dedicate a significant part of your lives to football, a game of self-discipline and respect, and one that represents a battle where fair play must reign.”

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter about the road to Brazil for the referees. Also have a look at this funny refereeing cartoon in the new Fifa World Magazine.

“What we have seen over some 1,200 matches is a better [refereeing] control of the match.”

Says Uefa’s referee boss Pierluigi Collina at Friday’s workshop with extra assistant referees in Nyon. The video about the extra assistants released a few weeks ago is also worth watching.

Referees in the media (week 37)

‘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.

“Women have so much to offer. For some reason, many believe that you have to be a man to be a good referee. This is simply not true.”

Esther Azzopardi Farrugia, Maltese referee and recently promoted to Uefa’s Women’s Elite Development list. Just interviewed her for my blog, so more of her soon on this blog.

“”They are a deterrent in the penalty area against pushing and pulling, especially from corners or free-kicks.”

Pierluigi Collina about extra assistants. Read more about this on Uefa’s website, where the former Italian top referee suggests that extra assistants will be added to the Laws of the game in July by IFAB.

“I still think about quitting.”

Amateur football referee Luc Bosmans in Belgium has lost control of himself during a match between Wuustwezel and Gooreind. He pulled of his shirt (check photo here) and left the pitch. He did leave due to supporter’s comments, not due to player’s behaviour.

Serdar Gözübüyük in Dutch magazine NUsport.

“It’s anyhow going to happen. Next week, next month or maybe the one next. It’s not going to be a party. I don’t want to make mistakes.”

Referee Serdar Gözübüyük, Dutch talented referee, is not afraid about making a big mistake. He has been interviewed in Dutch sports magazine NUsport.

Referees in the media (week 17 and 18)

‘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.

“I went past an Ild player and then tripped over my own feet. It was unbelievably clumsy of me and when the referee pointed to the spot I felt I had to speak out.”

Talat Abunima spoke with local newspaper Sandnesposten after he was send of in Norwegian fifth league after being send of for protesting against a penalty kick he conceived.

Referee Nedzad Munjic also gave a reaction to the same newspaper. He still disagreed with the player:

“It was a clear penalty. The player got it all wrong – I don’t think the players know the rules properly. And when I’ve blown the whistle, I can’t change my mind.”

The red card has been rescinded. Read more about this story on the Reuters website.

“I think the first few decisions for the referee set the tone for the match, to get a certain security. And I think if the first decisions are taken well, then you get into the match easily as a referee.”

German referee Wolfgang Stark after his appointment for the Europa League final between Club Atlético de Madrid and Athletic Club next Wednesday.

“EURO 2012 will be a tough challenge. It will not only be remembered for the quality of the play, but also for the quality of the refereeing. We need a very high commitment from all of you from now until the end of the competition.”

Uefa’s chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina expresses his hopes for Euro 2012 to the twelve refereeing teams.

“During muy career as a linesman I always continued whistling matches. With lots of fun I whistled the sixth team from DZSV or a match of A-juniors. I’d really like to whistle again.”

Former international assistant referee Wijnand Rutgers has stopped as AR at national level too. He gets back to refereeing third and fouth amateur level matches, says he to De Gelderlander, a local newspaper in Holland.

Referees in the media (week 15 and 16)

‘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.

“But as long as managers allow their players to con referees, they should not exhibit the incredible gaul it takes to call them out in public. It’s a hard enough job as it is.”

In an analysis by The Score called ‘Refereeing, the impossible job’.

‘Goal-line technology is intended as an aid. The referee’s decision will always be final.’

Alex Horne, General Secretary of The FA in the latest Fifa World Magazine (pdf).

Fifa Magazine April issue

‘It was another fantastic event from a refereeing point of view. Once again, we had a very high pass rate for the various tests and it was particularly pleasing to see referees from so many different countries working harmoniously together, since we do not use the fixed trio system [of shared country or language referees and assistants] that is used in the men’s programme.’

Fifa head of women’s referees Sonia Denoncourt after the Algarve Cup 2012 in the April issue of Fifa’s magazine.

“Football is changing and becoming faster. It’s also becoming more difficult for the referees. So the challenge is to be educated to this standard, to continue or to try to be at the same standard. It will not be easy but the referees will do it.”

Pierluigi Collina answered questions of readers. He talks about the biggest challenge for referees in the next five years. Read all the questions here, or take a look at the video interview.