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After watching the round two game of the 2006 world cup between France and Spain how could any national referee association NOT re-train their referees in how to discover and then eradicate "simulation"?????? In that game France took the lead in the 83rd minute on a free-kick by Zidane, headed in the net by Vieira. The free kick awarded and the subsequent caution to Puyol of Spain were all "created" by the acting of Henry. He was not hit in the face, yet fell like a pole-axed sapling!!!! The score from that free-kick "yanked" the breath out of me!! France scored by "CHEATING"!!! The best game in the world reduced to WWF mentality and spirit. How could anyone in the capacity of training, who loves this game NOT be incensed to TRAINED all referees to see these acts!!! In the following game for France VS Portugal, AGAIN!!! Cristiano Ronaldo showed all the world that there are professionals that will degrade themselves and make the game a B-movie inorder to win. Where are the people responsible for "training" our referees to see this disease and stop it!!! If its not stopped, soccer at the top levels will be fit only for a hollywood audience. As surely as darkness will come tonite.

I was a National referee (there are some who wished I had given up my hard work and quit before achieving it. Bob knows them well.) There have been rules in place for several years now. (Gee is simulation in the book?) Yet, the 2006 world cup was full of diving and faking. How could these players still think that "acting being" fouled is still worth doing?? Could it be that even when its recognized (Jorge Larrionda did a fine job recognizing it in the France vs Portugal quarterfinal) the players still aren't paying a high enough price to make them think maybe not to do it again??
Jorge Larrionda saw it, didn't give the foul (because it wasn't), but didn't punish it either.

Question for you Bob. Didn't the game get devalued when this foul-acting wasn't recognized and when it was, go un-punished? Did your heart sink!!!!!!

r mccain

My 15 yr-old daughter was just certified as a grade 8 and I promptly rewarded her with her very own copy of "Angle of View."


In regards to referees neglecting giving a second caution to deserving fouls, it seems that many of us (refs) have taken it upon ourselves to protect players from THEMSELVES. I suggest we take a lesson from basketball and observe players who approach their foul-out limit. They adjust their play, they will often times even leave a lane completely open on a drive in order not to pick up their final foul. Accordingly, opponents will attack this opportunity which often results in a more open game. Ideally, players holding a caution will adapt the way they play for fear of being sent off. Sadly, this seldom happens b/c many referees will think twice about sending off a player for a 2nd cautionable offense and use such rational as "the game didn't need it." B.S....the game needs more of it and more consistently and only then will we start to see players change their behavior.


perhaps the punishment is too severe. in other sports, when a player is dq'd the team does not have to play short-handed. i have only ref'd for 6 years and probably do not understand the history of this, but, why not just punish the player and not the team?


Bob, I think you'll have a substantially different opinion of the second camp after you talk to some of the attendees.

If what I'm told about the events at the second camp is true, referee development in this country has been set back for some time to come, I'm afraid.


As a state assessor who worked a weekend with a group of aspiring state one referees, who were working PDL games. I noticed that the referee crews were having a difficult time with man management. We discussed what I saw as a potential problem, came up with possible solutions for the next day’s game and to reinforce my point I told them to watch the MLS game that was scheduled to come on later that evening as a point of emphasis. The next day’s discussion started and ended in agreement that the way the MLS referees handled games are definitely not good examples to follow.

National Referee Emeritus

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