Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Not sure why this was written

Soccer official Dave Roberts has written this article complaining about two things:

1. A recent U-21 game between Israel and Belgium that he says a "second-tier" official Craig Thomson from Scotland bungled.


2. General complaints about officials receiving emphases and "watch-fors" in tournaments.

Some of his main points--most notably that officials will do whatever their observers say without quesiton rather than trust their own talents and horse sense--are fairly on the money. But could he have made them without trashing Thompson?

I'm not for the code of silence, and I won't deny a ref has screwed up if he has. But this felt bizarre to me.


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