Posts tagged: Referee

When the Ref is the Star

In the aftermath of England’s match against Turkey yesterday, it has to be said that Pierluigi Collina is undoubtedly THE best referee in the world of football. How many other refs would get a standing ovation from the crowd before the game? Okay, so maybe the Turkish supporters were trying to influence him, but I doubt it. He doesn’t strike me or anyone as the sort of character who can be swayed by mere flattery. Read more ›››

Dive, dive, dive!

I cannot believe all the fuss and bother on the sports pages yesterday – football players diving? How shocking. Robert Pires of Arsenal taking a tired tumble in the box, and similar by Kevin Phillips for Southampton? And the point is? Non-footie fans look away now.

It was ever thus. Weren’t Franny Lee and Jurgen Klinsmann both known as the ‘sub’, not because he started the game on the bench, but for their diving antics? There may be some out there who recall a ‘pure’ game, played by gentlemen who would always set a fallible referee right, that they tripped, and it wasn’t the clumsy defender who tipped them over. Yeah, right. Read more ›››