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Opinion
Referbees
17:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

Who’d be a referee, eh?  That’s what we say when a referee is being vilified in the press, verbally assaulted by a player, smeared by a manager or physically attacked during a Sunday League fixture in London. Who in…

Opinion
Mob football and mobile phones
08:00 Thursday 29th March 2018

The first mobile phone, developed in 1973, weighed in at 2kg and was invented by Martin Cooper of Motorola.  It was a cumbersome, ugly thing but at the time it was the height of technology.  When it was finally released ten years…

Football
Rage against the machine
16:00 Monday 12th March 2018

I am too young to remember the days when football was televised in black and white.  To make matters worse, as the stories invariably go, there would only be one house on the street, or in extreme cases the whole town, which had a television.…

Premier League
The ''Golden Solution'' is for the Premier League and FA to care about officiating
08:00 Friday 5th January 2018

A harsh call cost Arsene Wenger three points against cellar dwellers West Brom the other day. He ranted. He raved. It's Round & It's White colleague Michael Jones offered support. I have no sympathy for the Frenchman. Michael considered…

Football
The 12 Days of Football: Four Calls Blown?
08:00 Tuesday 26th December 2017

On the fourth day of football, FIFA gave to me four calls blown/Three French clubs/Two title races/ and Antonio Conte and a back three. Welcome to the fourth installment in It's Round and It's White’s 12 Days of Football,…

Premier League
The Premier League's new diving ban: an early look
14:00 Monday 21st August 2017

With the first couple of rounds of Premier League games completed there is one issue that some of us may have forgotten about. This factor was introduced quite recently into the game. The new rule brought in last season was for diving, also…

Opinion
Are referees declining in quality?
13:30 Friday 26th May 2017

We've all sat in the stands hurling abuse at the officials during a football match; it's almost integral to the game these days. However, it isn't this relentless tirade that is causing a decline in the quality of refereeing in the modern game…

Opinion
Rule changes that could be introduced to football
17:30 Friday 24th March 2017

Sky Sports recently conducted a poll as part of Support the Ref week, allowing members of the public to vote on what changes they would like introduced to football. As well as looking at the suggestions and outcome, we evaluate the merits of…

Opinion
Who Wants To Be A Match Official? Beuller? Beuller? Beuller?
08:30 Wednesday 22nd March 2017

While examining Gareth Southgate's unique selection headache as England manager, I came across an interesting statistic. According to Economics of Sport, England is among the easiest places to get a game, having more football clubs per capita…

Opinion
Why Arsène Wenger should be allowed to push anybody he likes
18:15 Tuesday 24th January 2017

For those who are in disbelief like me, yes, the FA have actually charged Arsène Wenger with misconduct following his actions on Sunday. It appears that Wenger gently shoved the fourth  official Anthony Taylor after being sent to the stands…

Opinion
It's time to give ref baiters the red card
12:30 Tuesday 17th January 2017

There's a familiar lament in the air, typical for the time of year, though it's got nothing to do with festive over-indulgence. Every season, and particularly around the turn of the year, there's a cacophony of complaint about the standard…

Opinion
Sepp Blatter was just trying to save the butterflies
11:45 Friday 16th December 2016

On Monday, I wrote a piece centred on Rob Styles' performance in Sunday's match between Manchester United and Tottenham at Old Trafford, illustrating how the rules of the game can sometimes make life difficult for referees. Wednesday evening…

Opinion
Respect For Referees - Where Did It Go?
11:34 Monday 16th December 2013

‘Keane and Vieira – Best of Enemies' was broadcast on Tuesday to general critical acclaim, a documentary in which Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira discussed their on-field rivalry, including that tunnel bust up, the general Arsenal-Manchester United…

Football
Reading v. Leeds - Referee's View
12:03 Sunday 8th April 2012

The opening of a cluster of televised football games over Easter began on Good Friday with Reading versus Leeds, as Reading hoped to continue their promotion push. As a neutral, I watched the game, hoping for a great, open game of football.Just…

Football
Manchester United And Referees: Is Vieira Right?
16:53 Friday 30th March 2012

It seems that some people just don't learn. A week after Sir Alex Ferguson made a mockery of and showed the fallacy and hypocrisy in Patrick Vieria's comments regarding Paul Scholes coming out of retirement, Vieira had to go and put the foot…