at 2014-09-07 14:33:40

In my overall summary of the referees performance in this LIVE SKY game he has controlled the game and been effective in his low key and positive management of the game and players overall. I mentioned at half time that I felt he missed a yellow card offence committed by the No6 of Burton when no free kick was awarded in the first half. In terms of positioning I would like to see him squeeze towards play more particularly when play moves towards the corner areas. Throw ins in my BLOG I discussed with you the importance of being positive with hand / arm signals this in particular adds value when you are close to play and your decision making process will be enhanced and lesson debate. Both Assistant Referees showed good movement and signal technique. Support to the referee was in evidence and they read the referees lead in this game well. Only one offside judgement was flagged by Assistant Hodskinson on the 2nd half and replays show that this was an incorrect judgement, not an easy judgement for the Assistant as the Burton player was very close to the Assistant and the 2nd rearmost Portsmouth defender was a long way across the line. However these important judgements are what will ultimately get you up to the next level of the Select Group.

With this in mind have a look at:

Also on the world news section Glenn Turner discusses. Why are our Assistant Referees being ruled “Offside?” Former World Cup official Glenn Turner probes current controversies for You Are The Ref.

There were also a number of handball decisions which I felt the referee got correct. When deciding in handball please consider the following:

Deciding if the handball is deliberate can be the area of difficulty for referees and they are coached to consider the following four criteria:-

  1. The movement of the hand or arm towards the ball or away from the ball to prevent a handball offence occurring.
  2. The referee must consider the position of the hand and arm. Are they in the expected place when the ball is played? Is the player merely protecting himself or unable to move it because of the very close proximity to the ball when it is struck?
  3. The position of the offending player to the ball when it is played. The referee must take into account if the offending player has time to react when the ball is struck. A ball struck from close range onto the arm or hand of an opposing player is less likely to be a deliberate act than a ball struck from distance where the defender has time to retract it.
  4. The referee has to decide if the offending player used his hands and arms to make himself bigger in order to prevent the ball from going past. This action is a deliberate attempt to handle the ball which gives the offending player an advantage and therefore must be punished.
  5. I list below some considerations to assist you in determining whether the handball is a deliberate act or not deliberate.
  • Is the hand or arm moving towards the ball or is the ball moving towards the hand or              arm?
  • Are the player’s hands or arms in the expected position at the time the ball is played?
  • Does the player attempt to avoid the ball from striking his hand or arm?
  • Does the ball strike his hand from short or a long distance?
  • Does the player use his hand or arm to deliberately touch or block the ball?
  • Does the player prevent an opponent gaining possession of the ball by handling it?
  • Does the player prevent a goal by deliberately handling the ball?
  • Does the player prevent an obvious goal scoring opportunity by deliberately handling the ball?
  • Does the player try to deceive the referee by handling the ball?

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Many thanks for your interactive comments and company this Afternoon at You-Are-The- Ref.com – Please join us again this Saturday for the 12.45pm ko between Arsenal v Manchester City and then following this game for the 5.30pm kick off between Liverpool v Aston Villa.

Have a Good Afternoon.

Andy Martin




at 2014-09-07 14:08:39

The referee blows his whistle to signal full time and a 2 – 0 win to Burton and my summary of the Match Officials performance will follow…

at 2014-09-07 14:07:21

As we enter the final 1 minute of added time there is no free kick awarded to Portsmouth and this would have been in the Assistants credible area to support the referee and flag

at 2014-09-07 14:05:29

9 Burton careless on a Portsmouth player, free kick awarded by the referee

at 2014-09-07 14:04:07

Replays have just shown an handball appeal by Burton when the ball was played by a Burton player which hit the arm of the Portsmouth player again this was not an act of deliberate handball and this was case of ball to hand.

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at 2014-09-07 14:01:44

Added time shown by the 4th Official Darren Bond of 6 additional minutes

at 2014-09-07 14:00:34

Burton sub 11 off and 23 on as Burton look to seal victory

at 2014-09-07 13:59:14

With play right in the Portsmouth defending area by goal / touch line. I would like to see the referee getting into a closer viewing position to judge.

at 2014-09-07 13:57:41

No 21 of Portsmouth spoken to publicly by the referee following his careless challenge on a Burton player. The referee is taking his time to impose his match control in this situation

at 2014-09-07 13:55:42

From a throw in to Portsmouth and in a crowded goal mouth area the referee will need to be mindful of player movement and key match incidents

at 2014-09-07 13:54:19

Burton sub 3 off 15 on as the game enters the final 7 minutes plus added time

at 2014-09-07 13:53:40

Contested throw in award the referee is looking down the touchline to his Assistant. Just give it referee be positive! this will be sell it to all!

at 2014-09-07 13:51:43

Portsmouth sub 15 off 34 on

at 2014-09-07 13:51:15

Penalty appeals by Portsmouth Players in my opinion the referee is correct as in this situation it is not deliberate handball

at 2014-09-07 13:48:40

Corner kick to Portsmouth again good spot by the referee

at 2014-09-07 13:47:25

Yellow card 8 of Portsmouth

at 2014-09-07 13:46:53

Portsmouth sub 11 off 23 on

at 2014-09-07 13:45:58

As we enter the final 20 minutes all match officials will be discussing the importance of match control. No penalty kick to Burton correct decision by the referee

at 2014-09-07 13:43:40

Free Kick to Burton on the half way line. Burton sub 20 off (injury just earlier)12 on

at 2014-09-07 13:42:39

Goal kick to Portsmouth correctly awarded

at 2014-09-07 13:41:44

Stoppage in play due to injury to 20 of Burton. Good management of this situation by the referee

at 2014-09-07 13:40:38

Free kick to Burton correctly given and following this the referee publicly speaks to 8 of Portsmouth who shows his frustration at the correct award of the free kick. I am sure that Assistant Joyce will have supported the referee in this situation.

at 2014-09-07 13:38:47

That look positive by the referee, good position and use of the whistle to award a corner kick to Portsmouth. Do you notice the impact of this positiveness.

at 2014-09-07 13:37:03

Throw in to Burton given by Assistant Referee Hodskinson from some way down the touchline. The Referee again in this situation would be better to view and give in a positive manner.

at 2014-09-07 13:35:11

No penalty kick to Portsmouth correct, good viewing position by Referee Langford.

at 2014-09-07 13:34:27

No throw in signal award seen by the referee, I would like to see him adopt a sharp and positive hand / arm signal particularly in front of the  Technical Areas. It also reduces any contesting by Technical Area occupants.

at 2014-09-07 13:32:09

Portsmouth Sub 17off 14 on it will be interesting to see how the change makes a difference

at 2014-09-07 13:31:20

1st offside of the game signalled by Assistant Hodskinson is incorrectly awarded to Portsmouth as the Burton player was onside when the ball was played to him.

at 2014-09-07 13:28:49

All Match Officials will now need to up their game and be fully focussed for a tempo change. Portsmouth I am sure will now be pressing hard to get back in the game and this when game change situations can occur.

at 2014-09-07 13:27:20

No 10 of Burton scores a super 2nd goal following good build up and passing movement by Burton

at 2014-09-07 13:25:41

Again the Assistant far side has moved right to the goal line to give a goal kick signal. Simple commitment and effective. It looks positive.

at 2014-09-07 13:23:55

The referee is using dead ball time well to communicate with the players. This is effective and low key.

at 2014-09-07 13:22:27

A contested corner kick awarded to Portsmouth and replays show that the ball last came off a Portsmouth player which should have been a goal kick to Burton. It seemed as though the referee sought support from his Assistant near side via the comms system

at 2014-09-07 13:20:00

In the warm and sunny conditions the referee and his colleagues will have taken on board plenty of fluids at half time

at 2014-09-07 13:18:22

Good reading play with a no free kick to Burton. Portsmouth player clearly took the ball in the challenge

at 2014-09-07 13:16:10

The referee Oliver Langford blows his whistle to signal the start of the 2nd half.

at 2014-09-07 13:12:42

Half time Summary-

The Referee has overall controlled this competitive game following a goal in the 1st minute by Burton. Portsmouth are coming back strongly and I expect to see them come out in the 2nd half and put early pressure on the  Burton goal to get back in this game. The Referee has kept a low profile and this has certainly aided the game overall. In the 36th minute in my BLOG I mentioned the missed yellow card to No 6 of Burton and no free kick awarded to Portsmouth and also the missed on tug on Westcarr in the 38th minute, positioning in these situations could have been enhanced to detect these challenges. Both Assistants are supporting the refereeing well keeping low key and not getting over involved. Good movement seen by both along the touchline with no offside decisions awarded as yet. Now for the 2nh half……………keep in tune with your comments..

at 2014-09-07 13:03:54

The referee blows his whistle to signal half time.

at 2014-09-07 13:02:52

The referee does not use an arm signal when indicating a throw in close to the Assistant. I would like to see the referee also signal as I feel this adds to selling the decision and teamwork to all in attendance

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at 2014-09-07 13:00:05

Free kick awarded to Portsmouth from a contested situation, the referee again uses his whistle to indicate. 1 MINUTE ADDED TIME

at 2014-09-07 12:58:24

Free kick then should have been awarded to Portsmouth following a tug back by a Burton Player on Westcarr of Portsmouth off the ball. The Referee appeared to have a good view but  decided no free kick he may have been distracted by it being off the ball but as a referee you do need to be mindful and aware of these situations

at 2014-09-07 12:55:25

Good movement right to the goal line by Assistant Referee Hodskinson did you notice how he continued with his movement right to the goal line to award a goal kick

at 2014-09-07 12:53:41

With regards to the reckless challenge committed by the No 6 of Burton on 9 of Portsmouth

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at 2014-09-07 12:51:55

6 of Burton reckless on 9 of Portsmouth no free kick awarded when a yellow card for a reckless challenge would have been the correct outcome. Did the referee have the best view? this is when you need to up your game to deal with a sudden challenge like this one.

at 2014-09-07 12:50:06

Good calming words to the 5 of Burton prior to corner kick

at 2014-09-07 12:49:21

With the first 33 minutes of the game completed the referee will be pleased with his early management of this game, he has been well supported by both Assistant Referees who have basically supported the referee with ball out of play decisions. No offside decisions awarded as yet. The Referee will now be focussing on the final 12 minutes and added time.

at 2014-09-07 12:46:22

Corner kick to Portsmouth again good view achieved by the referee who is dealing preventively with any grappling seen by players, followed by a further corner to Portsmouth

at 2014-09-07 12:44:04

The referee has decided no free kick to Burton from a good view having put in an early sprint. Throw in awarded to Burton and notice the importance of the game with both teams appealing for the outcome

at 2014-09-07 12:41:00

Corner kick awarded to Burton, look at the referees position for an optimum view of any grappling by players

at 2014-09-07 12:38:43

Good retention of the flag by Assistant Hodskinson far side at a throw in this adds credibility to the decision making process.

at 2014-09-07 12:37:33

Don’t forget to look at Keith Hackett’s excellent daily Blog for an update. Grassroots Refereeing is a must and Professional Refereeing some thoughts…


at 2014-09-07 12:37:00

Good to see the referee give no free kick against Portsmouth, following a high foot shot on goal with a Burton player in close proximity.

at 2014-09-07 12:35:23

Good to see the referee giving good directional arm / hand signals on throw ins, this is an aid to communication to players and spectators

at 2014-09-07 12:33:33

A quick break to Burton good to see the referee putting in a dynamic sprint to get in the best viewing position. Free kick then awarded to Portsmouth and from this free kick a goal kick is awarded to Burton

at 2014-09-07 12:31:00

A deflection for a corner kick to Burton, decision given by the referee by using his whistle to sell the decision which is accepted by the players

at 2014-09-07 12:29:22

Corner kick to Burton after a slight delay the Assistant Referee is encouraging the player to take the kick. Good communication seen here

at 2014-09-07 12:27:50

Both Assistants are supporting the referee well with ball in and out play decisions, both look focussed and concentrating fully

at 2014-09-07 12:26:34

Following the early Burton goal Portsmouth are now pressing to get back in the game. The Referee is keeping close to play to get the best view on his decision making process.

at 2014-09-07 12:24:46

The referee from a close position has decided no free kick to Portsmouth and he then awards a free kick to Burton following a careless challenge by a Portsmouth player

at 2014-09-07 12:21:43

Far side Assistant Referee Paul Hodskinson is showing good movement and in field focus

at 2014-09-07 12:20:34

Ross Joyce Assistant Referee on the near side touch line has the added concentration skill required with the shade then bright sunlight. Free kick to Portsmouth awarded.

at 2014-09-07 12:18:41

In the first minute No. 10 of Burton scores the 1st goal of the game.

at 2014-09-07 12:15:32

The Referee Oliver Langford blows his whistle for the kick off.

at 2014-09-07 12:13:55

Final handshakes by both teams and match officials and we are ready for the kick off in bright sunshine.

at 2014-09-07 12:10:16

This Afternoons Match Officials are Referee Oliver Langford, Assisted by Paul Hodskinson and Ross Joyce and the 4th Official is Darren Bond. We wish them all the best for today’s game and also for the season ahead.

If you have any news, views or comments then please do get in touch with us.

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at 2014-09-07 12:04:42

Good Afternoon to this game which we are covering on Ref Cam. Burton who are currently lying in 3rd place of the Sky Bet League 2 are one point off the top of the table and they take on 9th placed Portsmouth who are four points from the top position. An early season top of the table game which is to be played at the Pirelli Stadium at Burton.

Robbie Weir has had his red card at Mansfield overturned on appeal and is free to play, while Jimmy Phillips and Damien McCrory (both knee) are out. Burton forward Lucas Akins is available after recovering from a broken hand.

Portsmouth midfielders Nigel Atangana (hamstring) and Nick Awford (shoulder) will have late fitness tests.

Defenders Joe Devera and Ben Chorley have trained this week and are set to be recalled, while Jack Whatmough is away on England Under-19 duty.

Burton are unbeaten at home in all competitions so far this season, while Pompey are three behind.