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Foreign Referees ? the way to go ?

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This weekend sees problems up North with Scottish referees striking over criticism from Clubs and managers, the main culprits in recent years being Hearts, Rangers and Celtic. Celtic and their manager Neil Lennon in particular being voiciferous when results go against them, claiming conspiracies etc. To maintain their fixture list, the SFA are trying to recruit foreign refs to come over.

We've had our problems in recent years with idiots such as Clattenburg and Poll. Other clubs also appear to have major problems with refs ? Atwell being another classic.

I understand language may be a problem, I also understand foreign referees possibly having a problem with our style of play. But would foreign referees help restore balance to top games by ignoring reputations of certain clubs and players and evening the field up a bit? Would a foreign referee have given the RS as much as Clattenburg did in that most infamous Derby?
John Keating, Everton     Posted 26/11/2010 at 16:46:41

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Steve Pugh
1   Posted 26/11/2010 at 19:43:16

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In a word, no.

Foreign refs are possibly more likely to favour the big clubs because they are the ones they know most about.
Ian McDowell
2   Posted 26/11/2010 at 20:38:29

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No, Scotland, can do what they want; for me, it's not what we want here in England. Foreign owners, players... next foreign referees. It is the English Premier League after all.

Neil Lennon is a twat and don?t even get me started on Celtic after their fans' behaviour with regards to the Poppy appeal, a truly scumbag football club.
Matteo Rosingana
3   Posted 26/11/2010 at 21:31:38

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You quite sure about everything you just wrote there Ian? Even now? Sure?
Peter Fearon
4   Posted 26/11/2010 at 21:36:16

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As the Premier League recruits the best players from all over the world, it makes sense they should recruit the best referees too, regardless of nationality.

The fact is that about a third of Premier League games are decided by egregious refereeing errors. Recruiting the very best refs from Europe, the US and elsewhere would have to help. At least it might put an end to some of the petty bias problems that have become embarrassingly obvious.

Denis Byrne
5   Posted 26/11/2010 at 21:40:39

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Post #2 - is this being moderated? Disgraceful, get rid.
Ian McDowell
6   Posted 26/11/2010 at 21:56:02

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"Post #2 ? is this being moderated? Disgraceful, get rid.

In what way, Dennis, is this being disgraceful?
Gavin Ramejkis
7   Posted 26/11/2010 at 22:31:06

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I used to believe that too until Collina fucked us over, the powers that be call the shots and you could have any race or creed flavoured ref you want and still get a bent result.
Rob Jones
8   Posted 26/11/2010 at 22:40:05

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How can anyone expect Neil Lennon to respect referees after the clear assault by a former England captain was condoned by a ref and also the English FA?

Don't know what Ian's issue is but from a distance it's always struck me that Celtic have had nearly as bad decisions in derby games as us!
Ian McDowell
9   Posted 26/11/2010 at 22:45:41

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Rob, I don?t have an issue.

Maybe I never got my point across as it was meant. The amount of football that is played in England from grass roots to the EPL we shouldn?t need foreign referees ? what we need is technology to help referees out.
Rob Jones
10   Posted 26/11/2010 at 22:49:08

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Don't blame me, blame talktalk or my impatience.
Rob Jones
11   Posted 26/11/2010 at 22:51:16

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Ian - I agree with that!
Gaute Lie
12   Posted 26/11/2010 at 23:07:27

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As a Norwegian, I believe refs from northern and the midst of Europe could manage well when it comes to the language barrier and corruption. When it comes to east and south Europe I'm not that sure.

Anyway, I would say that higher ethical standards among the refs is one answer. Video judgment is another, and I'm sure there's many more. But I don't think going abroad is the answer.
Dennis Stevens
13   Posted 26/11/2010 at 23:49:04

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Ian, post no. 6 - you've got the wrong Dennis!
John Ford
14   Posted 27/11/2010 at 01:23:30

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The refs strike is the most interesting thing to happen in Scottish football for years. The game itself is pretty much pointless - Celtic are crap they finish second, Celtic are good they finish top. The tension for fans must be unbearable!! ....yawn
Stephen Kenny
15   Posted 27/11/2010 at 12:39:15

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Nothing like England then!!
Antony Matthews
16   Posted 27/11/2010 at 13:41:15

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Why not replace the linesmen while we are at it with Stevie Wonder look-alikes. They cant do any worse . Referees and linesmen should be accountable for REALLY bad decisions, Players have to take responsibility too for diving and feigning injury.
Ian Hams
17   Posted 27/11/2010 at 14:28:56

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The only way we are going to get rid of diving and feigning injury is to use video evidenc and bring in retrospective red cards for the offenders.

If a player gets another player sent off by actions such as these then it is deliberate cheating on the same scale as the most synical of fowls and deserves to be treated as such.

Whilst I am on this subject my most hated offence the deliberate hand ball by an attacker in the opposition goal area, why is it if a defender handles the ball to prevent a goal then it is an automatic red where as if the attacker scores with his hand then he only gets yellow, this must be the most grossly unfair rule going.

I am sure once the first few suspensions start to be served then we will see a marked decrease in this sort of behaviour.

At the end of the day the ref can never see everything and if we are unwilling to interrupt the game to consider video evidence then at the very least we should use it after the event to reduce the perceived level of injustice that is breading such hatred as is flowing at the moment.

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