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Yes, but they don't know they're doing it
12th September 2011
Fans believe that referees tend to favour the big teams, when I was refereeing in the Premier League from 1993 until 2007 I thought that was rubbish.
However, watching games now I can fully understand that perception.
Poor ‘little’ Norwich - and don’t wince at that you Canaries - four penalties conceded in the first four games would suggest that it is easier to give a penalty against the less established sides than the top six.
By Graham Poll
Sunderland's Phil Bardsley charged with violent conduct
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after an incident in their home defeat against Chelsea on 10 September.
Bardsley could face a ban for an alleged stamp on Juan Mata in the first half of a match Chelsea won 2-1.
As referee Lee Probert did not take any action, the FA is free to review the incident using video evidence.
Bardsley has until 1800 BST on 14 September to respond to the charge.
Brighton employ hawks
Brighton and Hove Albion have the humble seagull as their mascot but they might have to consider changing it to a hawk after club officials turned to a more menacing bird, called Agro, in a bid to keep pigeons away from their brand new stadium. Read more......
5th September, 2011
Mansfield Town appoint youngest chief executive in English football
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:28 UK
Mansfield Town have appointed the youngest chief executive in English football.
Carolyn Still, 29, has previously worked in the fashion industry for Bulgari and Gucci and is a politics graduate from the University of Durham.
She succeeds Steve Barker, who has accepted a new position within chairman John Radford's company, One Call Group.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 13:28 UK
Tuesday 23rd August 2011
The extremely disturbing incidents that occurred on Sunday between two clubs in the SAASL Sunday Div 4 competition is abhorrent to and condemned by the SAASL Management Committee, all SAASL clubs and the football community.
The SAASL Executive is currently investigating all matters pertaining to the incident, in accordance with SAASL Rules and Regulations, which includes interviewing the executives of both Clubs, the officiating Referee and may also seek the assistance of the SA Police.
The investigation will also determine if the Clubs involved had complied with the SAASL’s regulations and guidelines regarding the standards of behaviour and the codes of conduct for players, coaches and club officials as well as the requirement for game day Club Marshalls and Officials.
Broadstone FC mocked for treating injuries with Woopsadaisy ice packs
Broadstone football club are viewed by some to have become the laughing stock of their division for using children's cartoon ice packs when they treat injured players.
Didier Drogba may not be fit until Manchester United game
Didier Drogba was in 'tremendous pain' in the days following his head injury sustained in a collision with the Norwich goalkeeper. Photograph: Jed Leicester/Action Images
Didier Drogba's head injury is almost certain to mean he will miss Chelsea's visit to Sunderland on Saturday in the Premier League and the opening Champions League group match against Bayer Leverkusen at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Read more.....
Jamie Jackson guardian.co.uk, 8 September 2011
Mark Schwarzer should have received red card for head clash with Junior Hoilett, Steve Kean says
Source: Sang Tan / AP
Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been involved in a "nasty" incident in Fulham's Barclays Premier League fixture against Blackburn Rovers, with calls for the Australian to have been shown a red card after a head clash foul in the dying minutes of the game. Read more.........
• September 12, 2011
West Brom's Gabriel Tamas charged for elbowing incident
Vaughan was left bloodied after clashing with Tamas
West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas has been charged with violent conduct following an incident in his side's win at Norwich City.
The Football Association has charged the Romania defender after he elbowed striker James Vaughan in West Brom's victory at Carrow Road on Sunday.
Tamas has until 1800 BST on 13 September to respond to the charge.
If the player admits the charge he can expect to receive an automatic three-match suspension. Read more.....
UEFA throws out Sion appeal
September 13, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff
Celtic will play in the Europa League in place of FC Sion this season. UEFA has thrown out the Swiss club's appeal against their expulsion ahead of Thursday's opening group game against Atletico Madrid.
Sion beat Celtic 3-1 on aggregate in the play-offs but were expelled for fielding ineligible players after signing six new stars when FIFA stated they were in the midst of a transfer embargo.
UEFA said in a statement on its website: "The UEFA Appeals Body has rejected the appeal lodged by Swiss club FC Sion against the decision to forfeit their two UEFA Europa League play-off games against Celtic FC. Read more...
GENEVA - The Swiss Football Association says former national team captain Robert Ballaman died Sept. 5 after a long illness. He was 85.
Ballaman had two goals in the highest scoring match ever at a World Cup, among his 18 goals in 50 appearances for Switzerland from 1948-61.Host nation Switzerland lost 7-5 to Austria in a 1954 quarterfinal in Lausanne that was played in searing temperatures.
Ballaman opened the scoring with a powerful long-range shot and the Swiss led 3-0 after 19 minutes before fading in the heat.He captained his country for the next seven years.
Ballaman won the Swiss championship three times, with Biel in 1947 and Grasshoppers in 1952 and 56.
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On numerous occasions in football, the ball has been blamed for horrific mistakes. When the ball was made lighter, it tended to swerve more in the air and catch keepers out. While it's not an excuse, a little moan can be understood. But when Newcastle drew with lowly Stevenage in the 1998 FA Cup, Kenny Dalglish had a true classic excuse up his sleeve:
"the balls were too bouncy."
Bad Boy Barton on neighbourhood watch after burglary follows Arsenal bust-up
Joey Barton's eventful weekend did not end with a slap from Arsenal debutant Gervinho.
The 28-year-old Newcastle midfielder found himself cast in the dual role of victim and villain in quick succession on the pitch, and then at the centre of a debate over his conduct during his side's 0-0 opening day draw with the Gunners.
However, the drama was to continue overnight when he was roused from his post-match slumber by an intruder trying to break into a neighbour's house.
Seeing red: Barton kicked off a mass melee at Newcastle when he picked up Gervinho, outraged that the Arsenal forward had dived Read more....
Too many in our soccer community prefer to mind their own business when it comes to referees being confronted by clear cases of abuse and threatened violence on the soccer field, particularly towards younger referees.
It is jarring to our sensibilities when we receive reports of abuse of junior referees, that occurred this season.
Junior referees, as well as seniors, have every right to feel safe on any district playing field.
Junior sportspersons, include referees, are entrusted to us as parents and as adults to protect, the fundamental role of elders in any species is to ensure our young are kept out of danger until they can take care of themselves.
Threatening and abusing young referees is a paradigm most of us can’t get our heads around.
One voice is enough to protect a young referee.
The NDSRA is grateful to two members of the soccer community who gave not only their voice, but personally intervened in two separate incidents to protect junior referees from abuse and threat.
The collective thanks , of the NDSRA and the families of the two referees go to Kayla Chamberlain and Neville Slender.
Their Voice and Action was enough to protect a referee.
Blatter considering stepping down
Sepp Blatter is seriously considering a motion to quit as FIFA president in two years rather than serve his full term in office, according to ESPNsoccernet sources.
A clandestine deal is believed to have been struck between Blatter and current UEFA chief Michel Platini, whereby the incumbent boss of the sport's governing body will hand over the reins two years early instead of enduring a growing chorus of discontent from within FIFA.
An inside source told ESPNsoccernet: "There is now widespread conjecture within the European game that Blatter won't be able to survive for the full four-year term, which is already designated his last term before handing over to Platini.
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Tribute to Bill Lodge……a referee’s friend
“I have so much to do”
There are men who are pillars of the football community and Bill Lodge was one of those.
News of his passing, on Wednesday has saddened the NSW referee community, he was the face of volunteering in sport, with over four decades of selfless acts and generosity.
There was never an agenda to his good works Read more...
The 2011 Womens Super League Grand Finals were played at Bensons Lane Richmond on Sunday August 28, after being postponed the week before due to inclement weather.
Having enjoyed a successful introduction to the NDSRA refereeing ranks this year, 3 of our talented female referees, represented the Branch on Grand Final day.
Kirsten Davidson , controlled the U12 Final between Northern Tigers and Northbridge FC, alongside her were Rhiannon Gobourg and Emily Gibson. Northern Tigers prevailed on the day winning 1-0.
Congratulations to all three ladies, they matched the best on the day. The reputation of the NDSRA was in good hands
Following feedback from the FNSW officials, Kirsten has been invited to nominate for the State Titles to be played in Dubbo later this month
Spain and Chile brawl spoils Fifa's fair play day
Spain and Chile set the wrong kind of example on Fifa's fair play day after a mass brawl marred Spain's 3-2 friendly win in Switzerland.
Tempers flared after Spain were awarded an injury-time penalty with the score tied at 2-2.
A huge fight then erupted involving almost all of the players, with both benches joining in.
Both coaches shrugged aside the incident but Fifa are hardly likely to be pleased at its timing. Read more....
Saturday, 3 September 2011