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    Goal-line Technology

    Goal-line technology is to be introduced in the Championship from the start of next season in a move welcomed by You Are The Ref. Clubs have agreed "in principle" to use goalline technology from the start of next season.

    Clubs agreed to the decision on Thursday and it will be presented at the EFL annual general meeting in June. Our experts have repeatedly called for it to be introduced and the move will see Hawk-eye technology installed at all Championship clubs in order to assist referees and their assistants.

    SimiLar technology has been in operation in the Premier League since the 2013/14 season and is also already utilised in the latter stages of the EFL Cup and the Sky Bet EFL Play-Offs.
    Keith Hackett said: "I'm really delighted to see this development. There is so much money riding on clubs getting to the Championship that having this proven system is a must."

      Joining Alan Biggs on this week's show were former FIFA referee Mark Halsey and ex Man United academy coach Paul McGuinness to discuss plenty of issues from the weekend including the Juan Mata challenge on Jamie Vardy at the King Power Stadium. There's defence for both Raheem Sterling and Mike Dean in Man City's late win over Swansea, and also into the Championship where there was a feisty Yorkshire derby for the panel to dissect...

        Mike Foster is the new chairman of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd. I know Mike and wish him well.

        He has served on the board of the PGMOL and has in the opinion of many football people witnessed a drop in the standards of officiating at the elite level. His appointment comes at the time when changes need to take place to halt the decline.

        Mike is a football man and a supporter of referees. He is a terrific administrator and I welcome his appointment.

        When I was asked at a meeting of Premier League chairmen and owners what I would like to introduce to make officiating better, I responded with goal line technology. It was Mike who worked closely with Hawkeye and myself to steer it through the minefield of the IFAB and FIFA. We were also helped behind the scenes by David Dein, the former director of Arsenal. This took six years to achieve and I had left the organisation when IFAB gave the system its approval.

        I do hope that, for the good of officiating in England, Mike conducts a root and branch review of the PGMOL and that this leads to more accountability to see how wisely the organisation uses its funding and ensures complete independence from the competitions.

        By the way Mike, you really do need a minimum 20 referees in SG1 and more than seven referees out of the group to be able to officiate any game in the Premier League.

        Good luck, I look forward to your appointment improving the standards of officiating at the top level of the English game.

        Join Keith on Monday's The Ref Show where this appointment will be discussed in more detail.

        Source: EFL

          Peter Bankes

          Officiating a local derby game is always a real test for a referee, an opportunity to gain further valuable experience and measure his ability.

          I watched very closely the performance of Select Group 2 referee Peter Bankes in the Sheffield Wednesday v Barnsley game this midweek. This official demonstrated a very good standard of fitness and covered a lot of ground ensuring that he was in close proximity to play when making decisions.

          I was impressed with his work-rate to cover those clearances when play broke down and quickly switched to the other half of the field. He used the full array of his communication and management skills, and was prepared to have an off the ball quiet word with a player out of the gaze of the vast majority of spectators.

          On one occasion a Barnsley player lost a little composure and faced the referee in a pictorial show of dissent, publicly waving his arms. To his credit, the referee did not make a big scene of what clearly was an act of dissent. However, when the player continued to have a go the referee took the player to one side and issued an appropriate caution (yellow card).

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          He made it clear to the players around that this player had overstepped the mark and that is why a yellow card was issued. He managed free kicks very well and his estimation of 10 yards was good.

          In the first half the home team manager appeared to visibly show his unhappiness with a decision. The referee did not overreact and took his time to walk to the technical area and have a quiet word.

          I was impressed by his detection of holding, pulling offences which he correctly penalised.

          Yes, there was confusion over which team had a player sent off late in the game. But correctly, this was Barnsley's Adam Hammill for going two-footed in a challenge with Wednesday's Sam Hutchinson. One team's manager and the other's assistant manager were dismissed from the technical area after the intervention of the fourth official.

          Where I would criticise is that the referee needed to isolate the offending player rather than leave many under the impression he had shown the red card to his opponent, as clearly looked to be the case. That is a learning point. But Mr Bankes, overall you performed well. I do hope that you can demonstrate this quality of performance in future games.


            On this week's show Alan Biggs is joined by ex FIFA referee Mark Halsey and pundit Mark Lawrenson to discuss all the action from a weekend that was full to the brim of talking points. From reckless challenges at Goodison, diving at White Hart Lane to team mates fighting at Hillsborough, the panel do well to fit everything into 20 minutes. Then there was the midday kick off on Saturday at the Etihad, two big incidents of note, tune in to find out what the team make of Aguero's challenge and Fernandinho's sending off.

              On this week's show, Alan Biggs is joined by David Hirst and former Football League official Dean Mohareb to discuss all the weekend football action. Both Manchester clubs are in discussion with Mourinho seeing red at Old Trafford and Guardiola admitting he needed to educate  himself more on referees in England. Also in discussion is the Football League with a few incidents in the Championship for the panel to dissect.

                Author: Alan Biggs

                Darren Deadman

                The overturning of a red card in League One last weekend has exposed You Are The Ref’s concerns over the new law on denying a goal scoring opportunity (DOGSO).

                This website’s argument that the wording needs to be re-addressed was amplified by the withdrawal of a sending-off for Shrewsbury Town’s Jim O’Brien in their 2-1 defeat at Sheffield United. O’Brien has now had the card removed and been cleared of what would have been a one-match suspension.

                Denying a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity 

                Where a player denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a deliberate handball offence the player is sent off wherever the offence occurs.

                Where a player commits an offence against an opponent within their own penalty area which denies an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offending player is cautioned unless:

                The offence is holding, pulling or pushing.
                The offending player does not attempt to play the ball or there is no possibility for the player making the  challenge to play the ball.
                The offence is one which is punishable by a red card wherever it occurs on the field of play (e.g. serious foul play, violent conduct etc.)

                In all the above circumstances the player is sent off.

                Referee Darren Deadman’s split second judgment was that O’Brien had tripped United’s Daniel Lafferty in the penalty area. He awarded a spot-kick and then had to decide whether O’Brien had made a genuine attempt for the ball. If not, red cards are still applicable for DOGSO in the area.

                However, replays showed that the player did try to win the ball fairly and the penalty itself was questionable. The fact it was United’s third penalty appeal in quick succession - the other two were arguably more conclusive but denied – may have stampeded the official’s judgment.

                That, though, is not the main issue. There is confusion within the game and among spectators about the change regarding offences in the area - whereas DOGSO outside the box demands a straight red card as before.

                “This was a classic case of where the law needs another look and clearer wording,” says YATR’s Dean Mohareb. “It is far too complex at the moment.”


                Keith Hackett agrees, having voiced his fears last summer, and believes referees are being over-taxed in pressure situations. While the law removes the so-called “triple jeopardy” – punishing a defending side three-times over with a penalty, a sending-off and a suspension for the next game – the people now in jeopardy are referees. Whether a genuine attempt has been made for the ball is also a subjective judgment, as open to interpretation as penalty awards themselves.

                Another flaw in the system is that had, for instance, the Shrewsbury player received a yellow card instead at Bramall Lane last Saturday, this could not have been appealed. And while a suspension has been removed, it did not help Shrewsbury’s cause at the time in being reduced to ten men. They were later down to nine via a second red card, but the first was a key moment in the game.

                  Tim Robinson

                  All the upcoming match official appointments in England's professional competitions.

                  Tuesday 18th October 2016

                  Sky Bet Championship

                  Barnsley v Newcastle United
                  PAUL TIERNEY
                  Simon Beck and Andrew Garratt
                  Fourth Official: Tony Harrington

                  Birmingham City v Rotherham United
                  CHRISTOPHER KAVANAGH
                  Nick Greenhalgh and Billy Smallwood
                  Fourth Official: John Busby

                  Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest
                  TIM ROBINSON
                  Jonathan Hunt and Matthew McGrath
                  Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson

                  Brighton & Hove Albion v Wolverhampton Wanderers
                  KEITH STROUD
                  Mark Pottage and Nigel Lugg
                  Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable

                  Derby County v Brentford
                  SCOTT DUNCAN
                  Daniel Robathan and Akil Howson
                  Fourth Official : Geoff Eltringham

                  Fulham v Norwich City
                  JAMES LININGTON
                  Dan Cook and Ian Cooper
                  Fourth Official : Graham Horwood

                  Ipswich Town v Burton Albion
                  OLIVER LANGFORD
                  Mark Jones and David Avent
                  Fourth Official : Nicholas Kinseley

                  Leeds United v Wigan Athletic
                  PETER BANKES
                  Paul Hodskinson and Steven Meredith
                  Fourth Official: David Coote

                  Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City
                  ANDREW MADLEY
                  Mark Russell and Andrew Fox
                  Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

                  Reading v Aston Villa
                  ANDY WOOLMER
                  Adam Crysell and John Flynn
                  Fourth Official: Andy Davies

                  Sky Bet League One

                  Bradford City v Southend United
                  TREVOR KETTLE
                  Richard Bartlett and Barry Cropp
                  Fourth Official: Nigel Miller

                  Bury v AFC Wimbledon
                  ANDY HAINES
                  Gareth Mellor and Ian Smedley
                  Fourth Official: Sebastian Stockbridge

                  Chesterfield v Fleetwood Town
                  ROSS JOYCE
                  Matthew Jones and Ricky Wootton
                  Fourth Official: Mark Haywood

                  Coventry City v Oxford United
                  ROBERT JONES
                  Wayne Barratt and Christopher Husband
                  Fourth Official: Joe Clark

                  Gillingham v Walsall
                  CHARLES BREAKSPEAR
                  Andrew Laver and Colin Lymer
                  Fourth Official : Graham Kane

                  Millwall v Bolton Wanderers
                  DARREN DEADMAN
                  Stephen Finch and Andrew Aylott
                  Fourth Official: Dean Whitestone

                  Milton Keynes Dons v Bristol Rovers
                  DARREN HANDLEY
                  Ravel Cheosiaua and Brian Durie
                  Fourth Official: Ian Dudley

                  Oldham Athletic v Scunthorpe United
                  DARREN ENGLAND
                  Helen Byrne and Matthew Parry
                  Fourth Official: Mark Heywood

                  Peterborough United v Northampton Town
                  NEIL SWARBRICK
                  Darren Cann and Derek Eaton
                  Fourth Official: Stephen Martin

                  Port Vale v Charlton Athletic
                  GRAHAM SALISBURY
                  Gary Hilton and Anthony Moore
                  Fourth Official: Ben Toner

                  Shrewsbury Town v Sheffield United
                  DAVID WEBB
                  Matthew Bristow and Richard Wild
                  Fourth Official: Paul Hobday

                  Swindon Town v Rochdale
                  GAVIN WARD
                  Dave Bushell and Craig Hicks
                  Fourth Official: Brendan Malone

                  Wednesday 19th October 2016

                  Sky Bet Championship

                  Cardiff City v Sheffield Wednesday
                  DARREN BOND
                  Adam Matthews and Daniel Leach
                  Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer

                  Preston North End v Huddersfield Town
                  JEREMY SIMPSON
                  Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton
                  Fourth Official: Peter Bankes

                    Author: Keith Hackett

                    Lee Probert
                    Lee Probert

                    Let’s focus on a real positive where prospects for this PGMOL season are concerned.

                    FIFA and Select Group professional referee Lee Probert appears to be winning his long injury battle.

                    Lee has now got a few games under his belt and, after a long lay-off, I am sure it will feel great to be back doing what he enjoys.

                    To reach the elite level of English refereeing you have to be dedicated and focused. With close to 30,000 registered referees it is also a very competitive environment.

                    The games at professional level here in England are physically demanding with an expectation that referees on average will cover, across 90 minutes, around 11,500 metres - with up to 1,000m of that distance comprising sprints made at seven metres per second.

                    Lee will have passed his FIFA fitness test in pre-season and I know that, after a long absence, it is only natural if fears and doubts will have run through his mind as he stepped onto the running track to complete his test.

                    It’s good to see the PGMOL supporting Lee in a positive manner by giving him regular appointments that will assist him greatly. To date he has officiated the following:

                    Saturday 6th August 2016

                    Sky Bet League Two - Cheltenham Town 1-1 Leyton Orient

                    Saturday 13th August 2016

                    Sky Bet League One - Port Vale 2-0 Southend United

                    Saturday 20th August 2016

                    Sky Bet League Two - Crawley Town 1-1 Barnet

                    Saturday 27th August 2016

                    Sky Bet League One - Chesterfield 1-3 Millwall

                    Saturday 3rd September 2016

                    Sky Bet League Two - Crewe Alexandra 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

                    This weekend, Lee takes charge of the Sky Bet League Two encounter between Plymouth Argyle and Cambridge United

                    Appointments: Click here to see this weekend’s list of officials

                    Lee, the team at You Are The Ref wishes you continued success.

                      Kevin Friend
                      Kevin Friend

                      All the match official appointments in Englandís professional competitions.

                      The following appointments are dated from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th September 2016.

                      Tuesday 6th September 2016

                      Checkatrade Trophy - Northern Group F

                      Rochdale v Sunderland
                      GRAHAM SALISBURY
                      Michael DíAguilar and R Massey-Ellis
                      Fourth Official Ryan Johnson

                      Friday 9th September 2016

                      Sky Bet Championship

                      Reading v Ipswich Town
                      JEREMY SIMPSON
                      Adam Matthews and Michael George
                      Fourth Official Tim Robinson

                      Saturday 10th September 2016

                      Premier League

                      Manchester United v Manchester City
                      Referee: Mark Clattenburg
                      Assistants: J Collin, S Bennett
                      Fourth official: M Dean

                      Arsenal v Southampton
                      Referee: Bobby Madley
                      Assistants: M Perry, E Smart
                      Fourth official: S Hooper

                      AFC Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion
                      Referee: Kevin Friend
                      Assistants: S Long, D Eaton
                      Fourth official: C Kavanagh

                      Burnley v Hull City
                      Referee: Paul Tierney
                      Assistants: S Beck, I Hussin
                      Fourth official: M Oliver

                      Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace
                      Referee: Neil Swarbrick
                      Assistants: S Ledger, A Halliday
                      Fourth official: M Jones

                      Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
                      Referee: Anthony Taylor
                      Assistants: P Kirkup, G Beswick
                      Fourth official: J Moss

                      West Ham United v Watford
                      Referee: Martin Atkinson
                      Assistants: S Child, S Burt
                      Fourth official: S Martin

                      Liverpool v Leicester City
                      Referee: Craig Pawson
                      Assistants: H Lennard, A Holmes
                      Fourth official: L Mason

                      Sky Bet Championship

                      Brighton & Hove Albion v Brentford
                      SCOTT DUNCAN
                      Akil Howson and Robert Hyde
                      Fourth Official David Rock

                      Derby County v Newcastle United
                      JAMES LININGTON
                      James Wilson and Mark Russell
                      Fourth Official Darren Bond

                      Fulham v Birmingham City
                      TONY HARRINGTON
                      Daniel Leach and Darren Blunden
                      Fourth Official Christopher O'Donnell

                      Leeds United v Huddersfield Town
                      ROGER EAST
                      Matthew Wilkes and Michael McDonough
                      Fourth Official Andy Haines

                      Norwich City v Cardiff City
                      OLIVER LANGFORD
                      Neil Davies and Mark Dwyer
                      Fourth Official Alan Young

                      Preston North End v Barnsley
                      GEOFF ELTRINGHAM
                      James Mainwaring and Billy Smallwood
                      Fourth Official Scott Oldham

                      Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers
                      KEITH STROUD
                      John Flynn and Mark Pottage
                      Fourth Official Carl Brook

                      Rotherham United v Bristol City
                      ANDREW MADLEY
                      Jonathan Hunt and Philip Dermott
                      Fourth Official Nigel Miller

                      Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan Athletic
                      DAVID COOTE
                      Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton
                      Fourth Official David Webb

                      Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burton Albion
                      JAMES ADCOCK
                      Nigel Lugg and David Avent
                      Fourth Official Simon Barrow

                      Sky Bet League One

                      AFC Wimbledon v Sheffield United
                      GRAHAM SALISBURY
                      Brian Durie and Graham Kane
                      Fourth Official Ian Rathbone

                      Bolton Wanderers v Milton Keynes Dons
                      PETER BANKES
                      Tony Peart and Paul Hodskinson
                      Fourth Official Anthony Moore

                      Bristol Rovers v Rochdale
                      ROSS JOYCE
                      Neil Radford and Michael Webb
                      Fourth Official Adrian Tranter

                      Bury v Shrewsbury Town
                      MARK HAYWOOD
                      Barry Cropp and Michael D'aguilar
                      Fourth Official Paul Newhouse

                      Fleetwood Town v Charlton Athletic
                      DARREN HANDLEY
                      David Benton and Simon Clayton
                      Fourth Official Kelvin Sarsfield

                      Gillingham v Bradford City
                      GRAHAM SCOTT
                      Richard West and David Bryan
                      Fourth Official John Busby

                      Millwall v Coventry City
                      ANDY DAVIES
                      Mark Jones and Joe Simpson
                      Fourth Official Carl Fitch-Jackson

                      Northampton Town v Walsall
                      GAVIN WARD
                      Matthew Jones and Garry Maskell
                      Fourth Official Alix Pashley

                      Oldham Athletic v Chesterfield
                      MARK HEYWOOD
                      Andrew Newbold and Nicholas Barnard
                      Fourth Official Ian Smedley

                      Oxford United v Swindon Town
                      STUART ATTWELL
                      Dan Cook and Andrew Fox
                      Fourth Official Steven Rushton

                      Peterborough United v Port Vale
                      GRAHAM HORWOOD
                      Rob Smith and Marc Wilson
                      Fourth Official Declan Ford

                      Scunthorpe United v Southend United
                      JOHN BROOKS
                      Paul Marsden and Michael Denton
                      Fourth Official Paul Graham

                      Sky Bet League Two

                      Carlisle United v Leyton Orient
                      BEN TONER
                      Ricky Wootton and Iain Siddall
                      Fourth Official Billy Khatib

                      Colchester United Blackpool
                      BRENDAN MALONE
                      Ashvin Degnarain and Kevin Howick
                      Fourth Official Craig Hicks

                      Crewe Alexandra v Exeter City
                      ROBERT JONES
                      Wayne Grunnill and Lisa Rashid
                      Fourth Official Bob Roberts

                      Luton Town v Grimsby Town
                      DARREN DEADMAN
                      Joe Clark and Danny Gratton
                      Fourth Official Stuart Butler

                      Mansfield Town v Barnet
                      SEBASTIAN STOCKBRIDGE
                      Craig Taylor and Paul Thompson
                      Fourth Official Matthew McGrath

                      Morecambe v Doncaster Rovers
                      OLLIE YATES
                      Alf Greenwood and Natalie Aspinall
                      Fourth Official Steven Copeland

                      Newport County v Cheltenham Town
                      CARL BOYESON
                      Mark Griffiths and Paul Hobday
                      Fourth Official Andrew Hendley

                      Notts County v Accrington Stanley
                      BRETT HUXTABLE
                      Steven Plane and Dave Bushell
                      Fourth Official Alan Clayton

                      Plymouth Argyle v Cambridge United
                      LEE PROBERT
                      Simon Knapp and Christopher Wade
                      Fourth Official Mark Derrien

                      Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers
                      TIM ROBINSON
                      Ian Cooper and Timothy Wood
                      Fourth Official Nicholas Cooper

                      Stevenage v Crawley Town
                      TREVOR KETTLE
                      John Law and Gavin Muge
                      Fourth Official Geoffrey Russell

                      Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United
                      CHARLES BREAKSPEAR
                      Ravel Cheosiaua and Kevin Morris
                      Fourth Official Colin Lymer

                      Sunday 11th September 2016

                      Premier League

                      4pm Swansea City v Chelsea
                      Referee: Andre Marriner
                      Assistants: A Nunn, A Garratt
                      Fourth official: R East

                      Sky Bet Championship

                      Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
                      SIMON HOOPER
                      Christopher Akers and Adam Crysell
                      Fourth Official James Adcock

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