Hackett's Verdict

Scoreline: Scotland 2 England 1.

A poor state of affairs for England and something needs to be done.

But no, I'm not talking about the result of a football match. It's the simple fact that Scotland are beating England in … Continue

Time for reflection on another long domestic season. At You Are The Ref we have produced tables charting the records of referees in both Select Group 1 and the new Select Group 2. There are some areas of general concern … Continue

Felix Brych demonstrated in the Champions League final why he is one of the best referees in the world.

Real Madrid v Juventus was always going to be a very challenging encounter. Watching the game and at the same time … Continue

I was delighted to learn that the sons of the great legend John Charles have been invited to watch Juventus play in the European Champions League Final at Cardiff this Saturday.

Many years ago I was officiating Juventus and after … Continue

I think it is obvious to anyone that Professional Game Match Official Limited, the organisation responsible for refereeing at the professional level, is struggling to deliver a cadre of world-class officials. Frankly, there is an insufficient number of quality officials … Continue

The Football Association is to be applauded for following the lead of the Scottish FA and UEFA in applying retrospective punishment for acts of "simulation."

It will, I hope, act as a deterrent, once we see the review panel in … Continue

I was interested to read recently that the Premier League and PGMOL are not on the same page with regard to the potential use of the Video Assistant Referee. This is most unusual given the forward thinking of Premier League … Continue

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 and temperatures in the 30s, it was great to see match officials of all … Continue

Yet this historic change has benefited the game, keeping the competition lively up to the last kick of the season. We can now look back over the years to see the huge success that it has been. Having myself officiated … Continue

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 winning 5-1, the challenge for Scottish referee John Beaton, is enormous but how nice … Continue

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