VAR and the Law

VAR and the Law

In the aftermath of VAR’s shambolic outing in Tottenham’s FA Cup meeting with Rochdale in February, Mark Thompson (@EveryTeam_Mark) penned a thought-provoking piece on the need to look at the laws of the game in the same way as the laws of the land. It argued that the rules laid down by the FA are open-textured, and that different valid interpretations are possible within the broad ‘statutory’ limits. This is perfectly true – as the famous professor of jurisprudence H.L.A …
Solutions on how to Minimise Refereeing Errors in the Premier League

Solutions on how to Minimise Refereeing Errors in the Premier League

In recent weeks refereeing decisions have once again been in the media spotlight. From controversial offside calls, to penalties not given, to Brendan Rodgers questioning why a Greater Manchester referee was in charge of a Manchester City home game against Liverpool. Being a referee must surely be one of the worst jobs in Britain, whatever decision you make it is going to annoy at least one group of people. Every split second call gets analysed and dissected by millions, in an …
Expelling the Clichés Within the Laws of Football

Expelling the Clichés Within the Laws of Football

As Marouane Chamakh was brought to the ground 45 yards away from goal, meters from the edge of the pitch and with little evidence that he would be able to produce any meaningful goal attempt, Michael Owen proclaimed from the commentators box that it was a certain red card because Arteta was the “last man”. Whether it was for that reason or another, the referee agreed that a red card was warranted and Arteta was sent from the pitch leaving …