Referee Bjorn Kuipers at the Czech Republic v Denmark semi final.
The Premier League could learn a thing or two from Euro 2020’s referees.
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The two-referee system was introduced to improve the flow of the game. So where’s the evidence to say dropping one ref would be any better for the game?
The Washington Nationals celebrate their World Series win in front of fans of the Houston Astros.
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A data scholar explains why playing at home doesn’t provide the boost that it once did.
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One of the most pressurised roles in the pressure cooker that is the Rugby World Cup is the referee. Threatening fans are causing them to quit the game at all levels.
Stéphanie Frappart during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 match at the De Grolsch Veste, Enschede.
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Stéphanie Frappart’s Ligue 1 appointment is well deserved, but the reasoning behind it seems bregruding.
Referee Matt Cecchin at a match between the Penrith Panthers and the Warriors.
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It’s not easy being a ref. Everyone’s your critic, and you have to run more than 8km each match to keep up with the play.
Research shows gender bias even invades in the content of recommendations.
Even back in the 90s, researchers were trying to alert hiring managers to the ineffectiveness of this as a tool, noting some major problems.
English referee Wayne Barnes is taking French lessons.
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English-speaking rugby referees are aiming to improve their foreign language skills – but how will this affect the game?
There are deep issues with the structure in which elite referees in England operate.
Referee Jared Maxwell gestures during this year’s Round 5 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos.
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The data shows NRL referees get it right most of the time. So why do they still cop criticism?
A decision is referred to the video referee in this year’s game between Melbourne Storm and the Eels, at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, June 15.
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A centralised video ref for next year’s NRL season aims to reduce the dramas surrounding refereeing decisions in the game. But how often do the on-field refs get it wrong?
It’s impossible to police a scrum properly, and the consequences of the wrong decision are simply too great.
Webb at the 2010 World Cup final. Just don’t mention Nigel de Jong…
Howard Webb, one of modern football’s most successful referees, has announced his retirement. Webb achieved much in his career, most notably in 2010 taking charge of the finals of both the World Cup and…
In a tournament of 64 games, there were bound to be issues of contention, especially in a competition that carries so many national hopes with it. But the general standard of refereeing has been good throughout…
Refereeing could do with the benefit of technology, as long as it doesn’t lose the human element.
Sporting referees are worthy of our admiration. Every time they officiate they are required to make split second real-time decisions. Sometimes they get it right – and sometimes they don’t. They are what…
Croatia players argue with referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan after the match between Brazil and Croatia.
From the perspective of fairness, the 2014 World Cup has been off to a remarkably bad start. The opening game included at least two highly questionable decisions by the referee. First, the very generous…