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David Squires on … getting to the bottom of football’s offside rule
Our cartoonist delves into the murkey world of football’s laws, with the help of some condiments

David Squires

24, Jan, 2023 @11:51 AM

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Julen Lopetegui says ‘tactical camera’ showed Wolves goal should have stood
The Wolves manager has said he saw a ‘tactical camera’ angle that showed his side’s late goal in the 2-2 FA Cup draw with Liverpool should have stood

Jamie Jackson at Anfield

07, Jan, 2023 @11:48 PM

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Assistant referee Bhupinder Singh Gill to make Premier League history
Bhupinder Singh Gill says he hopes to inspire the next generation as he prepares to become the first Sikh-Punjabi to serve as an assistant referee at a Premier League match

Paul MacInnes

04, Jan, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Antonio Mateu Lahoz plays his cards wrong to make history in Catalan derby | Sid Lowe
The celebrity referee who handed out 17 cards in the Argentina-Netherlands quarter-final came home and went one better

Sid Lowe

02, Jan, 2023 @6:19 PM

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Howard Webb returns to England on mission to boost referees’ confidence
The Premier League’s first chief refereeing officer feels standards have improved but admits more transparency is needed

Paul MacInnes

29, Dec, 2022 @10:31 AM

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Howard Webb calls on former players to become Premier League referees
‘I’m sure somebody out there will want to be a trailblazer,’ insisted the Premier League’s new head of refereeing as he said he wanted to entice ex-players

Paul MacInnes

22, Dec, 2022 @10:00 PM

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‘I bet Argentina will be champions’: Pepe blasts referee choice after Portugal exit
The Portugal defender questions the choice of Argentinian official for their World Cup quarter-final defeat by Morocco, saying: ‘It’s unacceptable’

Ben Fisher at Al Thumama Stadium

10, Dec, 2022 @7:45 PM

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Why Japan’s second goal against Spain was allowed to stand
The whole of the ball must cross the line for it to be out of play and VAR decided that at least some of it was still overhanging

Martin Belam

02, Dec, 2022 @10:42 AM

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‘Keep conquering’: Stéphanie Frappart ready for moment of World Cup history
When Germany play Costa Rica, Stéphanie Frappart will become the first woman to referee a men’s World Cup match, a significant step forward for the game

Sean Ingle in Doha and Angelique Chrisafis

30, Nov, 2022 @9:12 PM

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‘We want clarity’: Gareth Southgate fears England being targeted by referees
Gareth Southgate is concerned that England could be a target for referees at the World Cup after Harry Maguire was denied what looked a clear penalty in the win over Iran

David Hytner in Doha

22, Nov, 2022 @10:30 PM

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SAOT ain’t slow: how does the World Cup’s AI-assisted offside system work?
Technology to assist VAR is designed to ensure offside calls in Qatar are quicker and more accurate – but it is not without flaws

Paul MacInnes

19, Nov, 2022 @1:00 PM

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VAR furore at Tottenham and Atlético a sign of what football has lost | Luke McLaughlin
In obsessing over the minutiae of refereeing, the game has sacrificed its spontaneity, narrative coherence and sense of fun

Luke McLaughlin

27, Oct, 2022 @2:32 PM

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