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In the last few weeks I have enjoyed some entertaining, fascinating and gripping feasts of football which have, unfortunately, been marred by a series of unfortunate events that have led me to question a few things and also reopen an age old debate.
‘Modern’ football seems to be entering an interesting phase where “X Factor” culture seems to dominate. No matter what magic happens during the main event, we often find ourselves drawn into a debate about the referee, in the same way the viewers of the X Factor’s attention is …

Over the past week, more than ever, has seen controversial issues, refereeing decisions, and press conferences that have made football fans query the sanity of the game. From sending offs to goals, fouls to ignorant managers, the last few days have thrown together such a wide variety of talking points, it’s no wonder that football forums such as these are continually growing in numbers. A few incidents particularly over the recent weeks have intrigued me, and I want to explore a few of them.
The first thing that struck me, was …

Sunderland emulated Blackburn in stealing points from a Manchester club. Injuries had forced O’Neil to name Craig Gardner and Jack Colback as fullbacks and hot prospect James McClean was given his first start at his new club. Simon Mignolet also returned to the starting lineup as his impressive understudy Kieren Westwood picked up an injury in training.
Roberto Mancini boasted his luxurious but unconstructive bench players by resting David Silva and Sergio Aguero while Samir Nasri and Adam Johnson supported Edin Dzeko in a 3-men frontline. Nigel De Jong and Kolarov …

Scottish football once again finds itself in a row about decision making within the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Nearly a year on from the referee strike and the beginning of Celtic’s running battle with the SFA, a new row looks set to start with the accusers on this occasion being Rangers.

They have engaged themselves in a war of words with the SFA regarding the two match ban handed to new signing Sone Aluko. He was accused of diving to win his side a penalty during their SPL victory over Dunfermline last …

Richard Keys and Andy Gray have today been disciplined by Sky after they were caught making sexist remarks about female assistant referee Sian Massey.
The comments were made before Saturday’s Premier League game between Wolves and Liverpool at Molineux. As they were preparing to cover the game for Sky Sports on Saturday lunchtime and believing their microphones were off, Keys said: “Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.”
Gray then added: “Women don’t know the offside rule.”
These two have been the face of live football on sky for numerous years and …

Today’s FA Cup encounter between Man United and Liverpool has sparked further controversy and debate over the tendency for football players in the modern game to ‘dive’ to gain an advantage. If given an honest assessment, you as a football fan will be able to pick somebody out from your team who has been guilty of what is being dubbed as ‘professionalism’. Perhaps you, the reader, will also concur that the business of what I deem to be cheating is becoming far too prevalent. So what can be done to …

Lets be honest. Being a referee doesn’t look like too much fun. A career choice that never pushes too many friends in your direction, as well as weekly scrutiny up and down the footballing world that even Joey Barton wouldn’t feel comfortable with.

A character in the great screen production that we call football, who was originally casted as the handsome sheriff who never got in the way of the fun, but made sure things ran along smoothly. Is now more likely to be depicted by a spoiled sport villain who …

THE past couple of weeks have been disastrous for the SFA and referees up and down the country.
October 17th. After initially blowing for a penalty, Dougie McDonald ran to his assistant on the far away side, Steven Craven, and after consultation changed his decision to a drop ball. The Celtic supporters were absolutely furious. So too, understandably was Neil Lennon.

However, on close inspection of the incident, you can see Dundee United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis gets the ball with his challenge. In the grand scheme of things, it did not matter …

So Saturday has about finished and I am sitting awaiting MOTD to start. Have just sat through the Sky extended highlights of Spurs v Wolves, pretty good come back from Spurs and very surprising seeing as every time I put them to win in my works predictions they end up losing. Best moment of the game had to be the Spurs third goal, cracking cock up in defence by a Leicester old boy Mr Stearman. Have to say it bought a smile to my face.
Well in case you didn’t know …

Referee Profile

Personal information
Full name: Mark R Halsey
Date of birth: 8 July 1961 (age 49)
Place of birth: Welwyn Garden City
Football League Referee: 1990s-1999
Premier League Referee: 1999-
Mark Halsey, who first started refereeing in 1989, had spells with Cambridge City, Barnet and Hertford Town before turning to the whistle. While Halsey started refereeing he was on St Albans City’s books before ending his football career in the early nineties and going into refereeing full time. He then went on to referee in the football league in mid nineties.  After several years in the …