Monday, 8 November 2010

Why not try foreign officials?

Given the quality of referees and linos in League 1, would it be worth importing foreign officials? On the basis of my experience at the Skydome last night, I would not recommend it.

With fans complaining about choke holds and other tactics used by officials on players, a referee and a lino were brought in from the Netherlands. The referee did himself no favours by appearing in a helmet that looked like it had been a prop from Star Wars. After a few minutes of catcalls, he replaced it with a regulation version, but continued to wear giant size red armbands.

The referee appeared to be ignorant of the holding rule and kept getting in the way of play. Nevertheless, Blaze came our 3-2 winners over Braehead Clan.

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