Microphones: A Refereeing Solution


Referee Ovrebo is surrounded by outraged Chelsea players at the final whistle.

Referee Ovrebo is surrounded by outraged Chelsea players at the final whistle.

Having watched the great Champions League semi-final 2nd leg between Chelsea and Barcelona this morning, I was pleased to see that the standard of attacking play was as high as we had hoped for, and I was gutted for Chelsea, to come so close after playing so well, only to see it all slip away at the very last second, was harsh. Worse though, was the refereeing, and both sides can feel hard done by after another shambolic refereeing performance, following on from yesterday’s game.

It is such a shame that such a good game of football will ultimately be remembered not for two great goals, not for some heroic defending from Chelsea, some persistent attacking from Barca and for the result, which is of course always remembered, but instead for the tragic refereeing that plagued it. It’s becoming an all too familiar trend, and it needs to be addressed. Fear not though, for (as Baldrick would say) I have a cunning plan…

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Part One.


A two part investigation to analyse the difficulties that football faces in maintaining and improving its standard of refereeing.

Alan Wiley: a referee that enjoys the limelight.
Alan Wiley: a referee that enjoys the limelight.

For a few days now I have been intending to write a piece about the difficulties of introducing goal-line technology and suggesting that ultimately, it would probably produce more problems than it proposes to solve, with regard to the integrity of refereeing decisions in football. However, after watching Everton’s match against Blackburn this morning and witnessing the propaganda like effect that Sam Allardyce’s ridiculous allegations had on the officiating of the match, I have come to truly realise just what a sticky situation refereeing is in.

As such, I will present two articles, one that criticises the impartiality of refereeing and acknowledges the need in football for an improved standard of officiation through eliminating the bias that is so predominant through so many high profile matches; and another that argues against the effectiveness of a proposed system for the eradication of human error with regard to goal-line decisions in these high profile matches. The truly bizarre thing, is that I believe strongly in both arguments, even though they appear to argue against one another. I will present both conclusions and simply invite you, the reader, to decided whether they are at odds, or whether there may be a solution to appease both, and save football from ever-lower standards of refereeing.

Click through to read Part One of this piece, Part Two will be published here tomorrow.