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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for Forbes.com and Soccerly.com and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


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Recording Refs, Players and Coaches Is A Daft Idea ….And Other Thoughts

Written by on November 12, 2012 | 10 Comments »
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Sometimes ideas and thoughts need more characters than Twitter but cannot fill a regular column. This is one of these weeks. This is my starting eleven.

No sure thing

Match day three and four of the Champions League are often the most fascinating given that back-to-back games are on offer.  The “series” can give a team that has lost its opening two games a pathway back onto contention. In Group …. to read more please click on the link.


10 Responses to “Recording Refs, Players and Coaches Is A Daft Idea ….And Other Thoughts”

  1. John Bladen says:

    While I agree that recording on pitch conversations is not a good idea, I have to say that if clubs and players are going to continue making the kinds of allegations (thus far unproven) Chelsea has made against Clattenburg, I can’t see any other way out… proving what was or wasn’t said is nigh on impossible.

    And while player to player (or fan to player) racism is bad enough, once the officials are brought into the discussion, the issue of bias comes along too (a match official using a derogatory racial term can’t reasonably argue that he was “fair in all other aspects”).

    I don’t want to see football come to this, but it just might.

    The best part of it would be players being suspended/sent off for some of the horrendous things they say to match officials during the average game too… 5 on 4 for the last 40 minutes anyone???

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    Politicians will always find a way to pocket and distribute money to whom ever or what ever they want. They’re politicians.

    If Chelsea is unable to prove its case vs Clattenburg, they need to be fined a very large fine. Accusations as these, better be legit. As soon as they were made it reeked of desperation and pay back.
    Yes, I would feel the same way if it was any other club.

    Bobby, I know it wasn’t a topic, but Pompey just keeps going. Why does anyone feel that the Pompey Supporters Trust is a good thing? I think that it’s laughable.

  3. Does the ownership structure of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid tickle your funny bone as well?
    Do you think a Supporters Trust will do a worse job than the the series of comedy owners Pompey has had over the last 5 years?

  4. rdm says:

    There is a supporters trust that runs another notable club either in the top flight or one of England’s lower divisions, I just can’t remember which one it is and the article is lost to me. It’s my understanding that they’ve had to clean up the monumental cock up the past couple of “rich owners” perpetuated on their club and they are, for the first time in a number of years both playing decent football and not in imminent danger of financial ruin.

    Don’t be so quick to deride the new ownership, it’s amazing how much better things can be run when you aren’t trying to game the system out of wads of cash.

  5. Swansea’s Supporters Trust own a good chunk of the club. Dundee, I believe, is the only top flight club in the UK that is controlled by a Supporters Trust.

  6. John Bladen says:

    Agreed on the fine Ed. If no legitimate evidence can be put forward and the allegation is unsubstantiated, it must happen and it must be huge.

    Clattenburg’s career may be irreparably damaged regardless of whether any evidence is available. If it turns out there is no supporting evidence/information to confirm the allegations, it will be an absolute travesty.

  7. John Bladen says:

    Why do you think the supporters trust is laughable?

    It is keeping the club alive… and it seems unlikely that any white (or dark grey…) knight will arrive to reinfuse PFC with cash and drive them back up to heights a club their size can never hope to sustain.

  8. Carmelo Gabriele says:

    Bobby, I just saw the Galaxy be awarded a penalty for a handled ball in the area (which was just converted by Robbie Keane who then tried to celebrate by doing a Cantona stance on the penalty spot yet having no collar to flip) and I was reminded how you always said on FSC to get irritated at the pundits that talked about intent when handling a ball… I always agreed with you, growing up in Italy we also believed its your responsibility not to handle the ball (you can’t start yelling I didn’t mean to!) according to law 12, under the Fifa laws of the game: a direct free kick or penalty is awarded if a player handles the ball deliberately (except for the goalkeeper within his own penalty area)

  9. Ed Gomes says:

    I’m a fan and as most fans we do things due the passion, with our hearts and not always our brains.
    It seems as if Portsmouth has had enough of that.
    I still say that the victims are players that weren’t paid their contracts on the premise of saving a sinking ship. Fans, like myseld, could care less about them.

    Not too long ago a Spanish owner/president came out and said players shouldn’t expect to get paid in full. Clubs have no way of paying such deals although they offered them.
    How is that plausible.

    Where were Portsmouth fans crying foul when they were winning. Well not really winning.
    To be fair I shout down Man United’s doomsayers. They’re in a whole different class.

    On a side note, Liverpool’s owners, Henry, financial corp has lost hundreds of million dollars. Oh oh.

  10. Ed Gomes says:

    I’m a fan and as most fans we do things due the passion, with our hearts and not always our brains.
    It seems as if Portsmouth has had enough of that.
    I still say that the victims are players that weren’t paid their contracts on the premise of saving a sinking ship. Fans, like myseld, could care less about them.

    Not too long ago a Spanish owner/president came out and said players shouldn’t expect to get paid in full. Clubs have no way of paying such deals although they offered them.
    How is that plausible.

    Where were Portsmouth fans crying foul when they were winning. Well not really winning.
    To be fair I shout down Man United’s doomsayers. They’re in a whole different class.

    On a side note, Liverpool’s owners, Henry, financial corp has lost hundreds of million dollars. Oh oh.

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