Hackett's Verdict

You Are The Ref send our congratulations to Swiss elite referee Esther Staubli. She will be the first European female referee to officiate a game in a FIFA men’s tournament. Esther officiated the UEFA Euro 2017 final. She has been
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Martin Atkinson
Martin Atkinson will retire from the FIFA international panel in December 2017

I have raised on several occasions my concern about a lack of churn and succession planning with regard to our current group of PGMOL Premier League referees.

With … Continue

I am sure that Craig Pawson will be looking forward to his English Premier League appointment on Sunday when he takes charge of the Newcastle United v Liverpool game at St James’ Park

However, in the approach to that game … Continue

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

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

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

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

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

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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