Saturday, 7 March 2009


Teenager has been playing football today. It was not the team's finest hour. Everyone tried hard on both sides.

Infuriating though was the referee's behaviour. He was supplied by the other team's school. God help them. He was dire.

Example. Their goalkeeper sauntered off the pitch. He said he was cold. He left their goal wide open. Referee's decision. Give him a better position on the team, and put someone else in goal.

I was aghast.

A small issue of pandering to his whim, and rewarding his discourteous behaviour with what he wanted all along? An example to the other players on the team? If you don't like what's happening just walk off. That way you get what you want.


He missed one of the player's kicking someone ( deliberately). When remonstrated with, his response was: ' I didn't see it. I was busy watching the goalkeeper walk off the pitch'.

He swore at a player. He screamed at another player for pushing ( when he hadn't done anything). Lost control of the game, and blew the whistle ten minutes early.


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Busy Bee Suz said...

you could not pay me all the money in the world to be a referee. or umpire....gads!!!

karengberger said...

That sounds like a forfeit, to me. Where are the impartial people when you need referees? Is there a group from the community that isn't related to either school? This match sounds like it was a waste of effort (though, on second thoughts, maybe it was good practice, and an opportunity to see what NOT to do/how NOT to behave).

Lakeland Jo said...

The lads ended up laughing about it all at the end. It was so ridiculous, almost like candid camera. It was good practice, and fresh air was good for them

Tismee2 said...

There's nothing like a local football match to get the aggression going is there?

The team Jordan played for were a bit like that, the handful of regulars who turned up for every training and every game and the ones that only came out when they felt like it. Their goalie would walk off when they were getting beaten - Jordan used to volunteer to go in goal, although was more efective on the wing.

He doesn't play anymore, the team folded through lack of interest!