Referees banished to sidelines after howlers put standards under scrutiny

Dominic Bossi The two referees in charge of last week's A-League preliminary finals have been dropped for this weekend's semi-final matches after a series of blunders marred the fixtures.


Pledge to end abuse of referees

Sport: Canberra National Premier League - Soccer. Canberra Olympic v Canberra FC. Referee gives out a yellow card to Canberra Olympic for unsporting behaviour by player Robbie Deeley. 12th of May 2013. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Lee Gaskin Capital Football claims it is determined to stamp out abuse towards referees.

Live A-League: Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC

A-League Live dinkus

Teo Pellizzeri It's a warm summer night in Melbourne as Melbourne Heart hosts Sydney FC.


New FFA refs boss content to call it as he sees it

Ben Wilson.

Chris Wilson As he watches the grand finals of the other football codes this weekend and prepares to take the hotseat as director of referees for Football Federation Australia, Canberra's Ben Wilson is thankful...


Heskey helps Jets burn bitter rivals

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20:  Taylor Regan and James Virgili of the Jets congratulate team mate Emile Heskey after he was awarded a free kick during the round three A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and the Central Coast Mariners at Hunter Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

James Gardiner THE Newcastle Jets made it back-to-back wins and earned bragging rights over arch enemy Central Coast Mariners in a tense local derby at Hunter Stadium last night.

Refs marked down as player standards rise

Emile Heskey

Dominic Bossi THE arrival of marquees Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey and Shinji Ono has raised the standard of football in the A-League but players and coaches fear the quality of refereeing is lagging.


Referee race row: Chelsea accuses Clattenberg


Jeremy Wilson at Stamford Bridge Chelsea accused referee Mark Clattenburg of directing inappropriate language towards two of their players during Sunday's acrimonious 3-2 defeat against Manchester United, with one complaint...


Chelsea lodge ref complaint

Referee Mark Clattenburg

LONDON: Chelsea have filed a complaint over ''inappropriate language'', reportedly racial in nature, allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg during their stormy 3-2 loss to Manchester United on...


Focused Culina missed his ovation

Jason Culina

Dominic Bossi IT WAS a moment for which he had waited almost two years, and which drew a standing ovation from 13,317 fans - but Jason Culina was so focused he didn't even notice.

Teen footballers charged as linesman beaten to death


Richard Nieuwenhuizen was doing what he loved: watching his son play football and helping out his local club by running the touchline as a volunteer linesman.

Bad calls no laughing matter for Redknapp

Not 'appy ... Harry Redknapp said one referee

Wally Downes Jr HARRY REDKNAPP'S return to football with Queens Park Rangers may have been marked in trademark wisecracking style, but it appears even football's most garrulous manager has his limits.


Rogue hit 'out of character'

Tomas ROGIC recieves a red card after a viscous tackle on Rhyan Grant Sydney FC vs Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium for round 13 of the Hyundai A-League.
Photographer: Brendan Esposito
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David Polkinghorne Tom Rogic's coach has come to the defence of the under-fire playmaker, blaming the Central Coast Mariner's red card on a lack of protection from the referee.

Ferguson gives Pardew hairdryer treatment

Manchester United's Scottish manager Alex Ferguson reacts at the final whistle after their 4-3 win during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on December 26, 2012.  AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATESRESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ?live? services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications

Chris McKenna AN ANGRY Alex Ferguson launched a withering personal attack on Alan Pardew on Friday and described Newcastle United as a ''wee club in the north-east''.


Sydney FC's marquee man needs protection

Del Piero

SYDNEY FC drawcard Alessandro Del Piero needs better protection from referees or he will continue to miss A-League games, his coach Frank Farina says.


Thunder and lightning play havoc with United

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Canberra United players huddle before the round 11 W-League match between Canberra United and the Western Sydney Wanderers at McKellar Park on January 5, 2013 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Blyth/Getty Images)

Fleta Page Canberra United will have to wait until Tuesday for a chance to break back into the top four, with weather twice delaying the match against the Western Sydney Wanderers before an electrical storm...


Wanderers claw game from toothless Roar

Mark Bridge and James Donachie

Phil Lutton GIVEN the status quo of the Brisbane Roar, this could only be classed as an improvement. But as the unshakeable confidence and slick football that defined their years of dominance continues to...


Game rallies forces to tackle a scourge striking at its heart

Global soccer fixing scam exposed (Thumbnail)

Jan Hennop, Paul Kelso THE HAGUE: Football officials vowed to fight the scourge of match fixing but warned a joint effort was needed to tackle the problem after police unveiled a massive criminal network that rigged...


Europol uncovers vast match-fixing network

red card

European police warned that the integrity of football was at stake, as they revealed they had smashed a criminal network fixing hundreds of matches, including in the Champions League and World Cup...

Facing the ugly side of the beautiful game in Asia


During my time as a professional player in Asia, I had some experience with how both match-fixing and organised crime can infiltrate football.

Wenger guns for clean-up


Jeremy Wilson ARSENE WENGER has issued a stark wake-up call to football authorities over the issues of doping and match-fixing, claiming that sport has become ''full of legends who are in fact cheats''.