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    I guess one of the big questions arising from the World Cup is. . . will we see the magic spray can in the Premier League this season?

    Having witnessed at first hand its use in Major League Soccer in … Continue


      Nicola Rizzoli earned the congratulations of top refereeing judges including Keith Hackett after Germany’s lifting of the World Cup.

      The Italian reinforced the supremacy of UEFA officials during an entertaining but fraught final that demanded expert handling and deserved more … Continue


        Nicola Rizzoli is to become the third Italian to referee a World Cup final when he takes charge of Argentina versus Germany on Sunday.

        The previous Italians, Sergio Gonella and Pierluigi Collina, produced excellent performances in 1978 and 2002.

        I … Continue


          It was good to witness the performance of referee Cuneyt Cakir in the World Cup semi-final between Holland and Argentina.

          Whilst watching the television and at the same time looking at our Refcam, I decided to look carefully at what … Continue


            Another impressive refereeing performance was capped by a curb on the controversial tactics that saw the Netherlands into the semi-finals.

            Louis van Gaal’s side failed to make the final after this time being on the wrong end of a penalty … Continue


              I’ve had the pleasure of officiating many semi-finals during my career.

              There is no greater challenge for the referee and his colleagues.

              I remember walking out at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul in 1988 to  officiate the semi-final between Brazil … Continue

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