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Referees are now in the office, not pitch — Mourinho



Referees are now in the office, not pitch — Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday questioned the point of having referees on the pitch, saying VAR was bad for the game.

His comments came after his side were victims of a controversially disallowed equaliser in a 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United in the 2019/2020 English Premier League (EPL).

Harry Kane thought he had levelled for Spurs almost immediately after Sander Berge had given the hosts the lead in their EPL clash at Bramall Lane.

But VAR officials at their bunker in Stockley Park ruled that Lucas Moura had used his arm in the build-up.

This was in spite of the Brazilian being shoved over and then having the ball booted against him while sliding headlong on the turf.

A pundit, Jamie Redknapp, described the decision as one of the worst he had seen and called for common sense.

Mourinho looked furious at the time but the Portuguese coach refused to turn his ire on referee Chris Kavanagh.

“I think the referee should always be the man on the pitch and the man in the office should support and assist,” Mourinho said of the incident. “But that’s not the way that it is.

“Especially a referee who’s not very good on the pitch, we can’t expect him to be very good in the office. `

“We’re going into a direction that is very bad for a game which was the game that everyone fell in love with.

“Normally I am an emotional guy on the bench. But, in this moment, I never complain with the man with the whistle because he’s not the referee anymore.

“I used to go to the fourth (official). But the man on the pitch is the assistant referee and today the man and the lady with the flag, (who) used to be the assistant referees, are now assistant’s assistant. The ref is in the office.”

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has been a critic of VAR and felt wronged when his side had a goal ruled out in their 1-1 draw at Tottenham in November.

He felt Mourinho’s angst.

“I’ve got a back catalogue of decisions that have gone against us. We’re the unofficial champs of Europe with decisions against us,” he said. “I think it’s a nonsense rule.

“I totally understand the frustration of their (Tottenham’s) manager and players. We’ve had the rub of the green tonight on that one, well overdue. But we’ll take it.”

Mourinho, whose side slipped to ninth, nine points adrift of the top four, questioned his side’s reaction to the decision to chalk off Kane’s goal.

“We have to do better, we have to be mentally stronger to cope with what happened during the game,” he said.

“It was a kick in the teeth but with 50 minutes to go, we have to be stronger. I don’t think we were strong enough mentally.”



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FIFA WWC: Bring in male referees to help female officials, says former striker Smith



World football governing body FIFA should bring in experienced male officials to help female referees adjust to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, says former England striker Sue Smith.

Smith told Reuters on Thursday that it became necessary following a number of incidents at the women’s World Cup.

With VAR being used for the first time in women’s football at the 24-team tournament in France, many games have had more than 10 minutes of stoppage time.

The long stoppage time being as a result of the delay over checks made by officials who are not familiar with the system.

Referees in the men’s game were able to get to grips with VAR at the 2017 Confederations Cup before last year’s World Cup in Russia and as well from some domestic leagues across Europe.

FIFA have had a female only rule for referees in the women’s game since 1995.

However, Smith said that rule should change to aid the rapid development of officiating.

“I’m all for mixing male officials with female officials,” Smith, a commentator for the BBC at the World Cup, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

“In my opinion it should have been done for this tournament, just to help out. As the football’s getting better and developing I also think that needs to develop.

“They need help, they need training, and while they’re getting that, bring in whoever is best for the job whether it’s male or female.”

Other former Lionesses such as Faye White and Casey Stoney also called for male referees after criticism of Qin Liang’s officiating in England’s 3-0 quarter-final win over Cameroon.

FIFA said there were no immediate plans to change their rule.

Smith highlighted Friday’s quarter-final between France and holders the United States as the pick of the round – and tipped the hosts to upset the odds.

“I’d love to say England (in the final) and I probably should say England but if I was putting money I would for France-Germany.T”would be my final,” she said.

Neither France nor England, who face Norway in the quarter-finals, have ever contested a World Cup final.

Germany won back-to-back tournaments in 2003 and 2007.

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Assault on Referees: Olatoye advocates adequate sanction for fans



Assault on Referees: Olatoye advocates adequate sanction for fans

Former Chairman, Nigeria Referee Association (NRA), Ola Olatoye, on Friday called on the League Management Company (LMC) to ensure adequate sanctions on fans who assault referees.
Olatoye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) in Abuja that lack of education and awareness of fans were major causes of assault on referees during and after matches.
According to him, a fan that assaults a referee goes unpunished while the club is been fined to pay huge amount of money as sanction.
“The culprit goes without any fine; he does not even feel the pains of paying such fine, hence the need for adequate sanctions for such fans.
“I think they should be arrested and charged to court and the law should be allowed to take its course.
“But if they continue to go unpunished, they will definitely continue to perpetrate such act,’’ he said.
Olatoye, a Brig.-Gen. and Director, Directorate of Physical Training, Nigeria Army, said if a fan had been tried and jailed, it would serve as deterrent to others.
He also called on the LMC to beef up security as to avoid further occurrences.
“Fans come to watch matches to entertain themselves.
“So, I think the clubs and the LMC should do a lot of orientation and awareness to educate fans to know that football is life.
“They need to know that you don’t win at all times and for the referee, they need to put in their best to improve on their game.
“The referees need to improve on the officiating of their games to reduce the rate of controversy.
“I know that the NRA is doing their best but they need to do more,’’ he said.
Olatoye also said that there was need to improve on the capacity of referees, adding in doing that the NRA needs to look inward to build capacity.
NNN reports that there have been several cases of assault on referees recently during the Nigeria Professional Football League match, which had led to the LMC placing fines and stadium ban on some clubs. (NNN)
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