Hackett's Verdict

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Well another good weekend for referees.

I decided to watch the Evostik Premier League game between Shaw Lane (Barnsley) v Stafford Rangers, a League that I officiated on in my early career and for which I will always have fond … Continue

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After fifteen years of officiating Scottish referee Lorraine Watson became the first female to officiate a senior men’s game.

Edinburgh City v Berwick Rangers was the ground breaking game and having overseen the home team win 1-0 Lorraine informed BBC … Continue

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Many of you will have tuned into the excellent Ref Cam report on the Manchester City v Liverpool game produced by Guy Beale. If not you can go into Ref Cam and pull out the game in our archive file … Continue

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I was saddened by the news that one of our best football commentators, John Motson, is hanging up his microphone at the BBC.

There is real synergy between a referee and commentator. Motson, like other commentators, has to decide what … Continue

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The opening games of the season have seen some instances of poor decision making by top referees.

To balance this let me state that we have also witnessed some good officiating, a point that I made when praising Graham Scott … Continue

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Graham Scott, still in that rookie class in the eyes of the PGMOL, receives my praise today for dealing in the correct manner with the brutal challenge of Watford defender Miguel Britos. The Brighton player on the receiving end was … Continue

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By Keith Hackett

If referees are going to dismiss players then they can’t afford to guess. It seemed to me that this is what happened on Monday night in the Premier League. An innocuous coming together between Kyle Walker of Manchester City and … Continue

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It is easy to criticise referees, I know, because I have been the man in black on the receiving end. Referees have a duty of care towards players and to detect and punish where the laws of the game deem … Continue

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By Keith Hackett

The Premier League kicked off with a terrific game served up by Arsenal and Leicester City. A game that demonstrated why Mike Dean is one of our top referees.

However Mike and the game were let down by the Premier … Continue

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By Keith Hackett

The start of a new season sees many people making their predictions on who will win the Premier League and who will be relegated.

It’s a celebration of 25 years of a league that continues to grow – although I … Continue

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