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Glad you are back in the saddle.


On a related note, what was your reaction to John Terry's being sent off after a cynical foul, and subsequently getting his suspension lifted? It was as cynical a challenge as they come, but he seems to have gotten off on technicalities ("wasn't the last defender, so DOGSO doesn't apply" and "the foul itself wasn't SFP so straight send off wasn't warranted"). The Guardian article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2008/sep/21/tottenhamhotspur.chelsea (second half) wonders about the same issue. When does a cynical late challenge become "serious foul play"?

Ruben Faria

I allways have believed that an early card (yellow or red) will save a lot of them later on...


I think it is important for referees to quickly understand where fouls are going to occur. Somedays you know early who is going to be your main fouler. Other days you know who is going to be fouled. Protect your players that tend to be fouled.

great write up. I love you insight you share with us.

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