Monday, March 06, 2006

Uefa might add second referee

This summer, Uefa will look at the idea of adding a second referee to the pitch in hopes of improving officiating during the game. "There have been discussions in the past about whether there should be tests at least to have two referees," said Uefa's chief executive Lars-Christer Olsson. "The problem is there have been some tests which have not been very successful."

There has been no indication yet how these two would work together.

In some other ref related news, "A meeting in Frankfurt of World Cup officials between March 21 and 25 will convey the particular requirement to eliminate diving, elbowing, time-wasting, the wearing of jewellery, shirt-pulling and studs-up tackling while aiming to enhance respect for referees and improve behaviour in the wall at free-kicks."

Good luck with all that.


Anonymous john said...

IMHO, diving is the worst offense of the bunch. I was watching the US-Poland game with my girlfriend, and after a fews guys fell down after being looked at by an opposing player, she asks 'Why are soccer players such wimps'. Imagine some Joe tuning into their first game on ESPN and all they see is a bunch of guys with long hair flopping around. Not a reciepe for building a fan base (among Americans at least). Americans are used to football and hockey, where if you get a 4 inch gash one inch below your eye, you go back to the locker room, get it stitched, and get back on the ice.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Mike H said...

John, I agree with diving being a huge problem. It is just so stupid how easy players go down. The funny thing is, defenders expect players to fall. How many times have you seen a defender slow down and throw his hands up only to see the other player go down a few moments later? If the players didn't fall, they would probably catch the defense off guard.

6:15 PM  

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