Stuart Attwell

HACKETT’S VERDICT: How are those sin bins going to work? Here’s some info..

Since the announcement that the IFAB would be experimenting at grassroots level with the use of the sin bins many visitors to our website...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Foul challenges and appropriate punishments

The IFAB did a brilliant job when they clarified the law with regards to foul challenges. In an effort to gain more consistency they...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: One wrong, all wrong at Newcastle | Annual law test needed

A poor midweek of refereeing performances was eclipsed  by the worst sin of all - the incorrect application of law by Keith Stroud at...

Hackett’s Verdict | How the VAR could have helped Leicester

When it comes to big decisions, they do not come bigger than awarding a penalty kick. A referee cannot guess. That unfortunately appears to have...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: FA need to re-think how they treat referees

I am clear that Match Officials at all levels of Football should have a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the game. That is...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: The FA Cup!

One of the most challenging games in a referee's career is to be appointed to an FA Cup semi-final. The likelihood is that one set...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Best performance of the season

MARTIN ATKINSON produced a master class refereeing performance today  in what was always going to be a challenging game to officiate. This was the refereeing performance...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Play-off games are huge for referees too

Yet this historic change has benefited the game, keeping the competition lively up to the last kick of the season. We can now look...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: The Old Firm derby

I would have loved the opportunity in my career to have officiated one of the Old Firm derby games. Despite the one sided affair with Celtic...

HACKETT’S VERDICT: Rattlesnakes and referees

The You Are The Ref team have just had the pleasure of being involved with referees in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. With the sun beaming down...
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