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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."

      Author: Alan Biggs

      stuart-attwell

      Mike Dean and Stuart Attwell find themselves in the Championship this weekend - out of respect to the competition.

      Dean is in charge of Saturday's Yorkshire derby between Barnsley and Leeds while, on the Friday night, Attwell presides over Brighton versus Sheffield Wednesday. Both games are live on television in front of potentially near capacity crowds and a substantial viewing audience. All four teams involved are pushing towards the top of the Championship.

      Although Dean has been at the centre of controversy recently, his absence from the top flight this weekend is in no way a reflection of that.

      The latest round of Premier League fixtures is relatively low profile, giving an opportunity for two Select Group referees to be deployed in major games in a much respected competition.

      "This is standard practice and in no way reflects on Mike - or Stuart, for that matter," said former referees' chief Keith Hackett.

      "I am all for more accountability and feel this is lacking.

      "However, Mike has come through two games, one in the FA Cup, relatively well since the controversial calls of the West Ham v Manchester United match.

      "He is an excellent referee and the Premier League needs him. But I can understand his redeployment this weekend.

      "I also applaud Stuart Attwell's appointment for a huge game in Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday.

      "No-one should get the idea either has been dropped or demoted.

      "When that happens they are usually a fourth official somewhere - certainly not refereeing games of this magnitude."

        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

          It's been an enthralling festive period of action and the panel have lots to dissect from the previous few days of football. Joining Alan Biggs on the show this week is former Premier League referee Roger Dilkes, and the scorer of the very first Premier League goal, Brian Deane.

            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 regular panelist David Hirst and former Premier League referee Roger Dilkes to discuss all the action from the weekend's Premier League and EFL action. Diving isn't a topic that the team want to discuss, but two recent incidents have brought the issue back into the limelight, with one incident at Hull City up for deliberation. There's also praise for plenty of referees, in particular Mark Clattenburg who put on a masterclass at Anfield. Tune in for the YATR view on him and more....

                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.”

                    KHackett

                    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.

                      Author: Keith Hackett

                      Robert Madley
                      Robert Madley and his fellow officials deserve more Wembley recognition

                      More than 40,000 travelling Sheffield Wednesday supporters easily won the community singing and array of chanting over their Yorkshire rivals Hull City.

                      Thousands of Sheffield Wednesday supporters were left disappointed not to secure tickets for the match, after the sold-out signs went up at Hillsborough a short number of hours after going on sale. Several Wednesday players sadly froze on the big occasion and that left the fans disappointed, yet still aware of how far the club and team have come since the takeover by Mr Chinsari.

                      Head coach Carlos Carvalhal clearly was disappointed but his post-match interviews were carried out with great dignity.

                      Now onto the referee, who frankly earlier in the week I had expressed some concern. I am delighted to report that he had an excellent game, coming in quick early to caution Dawson of Hull City following a reckless challenge.

                      He moved well in what was warm and humid conditions and it was good to see the team of officials perform so well.

                      One thing that does bug me, and knowing that this is a massive game for any referee, is how he and his colleagues receive their medal.

                      Not the walk up the steps to be handed it by the Guest of honour. No — a quiet knock on his dressing room door and a package handed over.

                      Robert Madley, you and your team deserve more and I compliment you all on an excellent performance.

                      Please use this as a platform to move forward and put the League Cup Final and FA Challenge Cup on your SMART objectives for the future.

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