Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
posted at 11/12/2010 8:44 PM EST
In Response to Re: MIAA Tourney Scores
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: MIAA Tourney Scores : I am always bemused by the bashing of referees. I doubt very much that you are a referee. It is likely that you have no concept as to what it takes to officiate a match. The fact that you, on the sideline or in the stands, think there are "blatant, missed calls", does not mean that those calls are, in fact, in error. Point of view is critical, as is the feel of the game, the nature of the instance, and many other factors. If you believe that the officiating is a problem, your solution is to require more officials (3-man vs 2-man)? Would that not lead to a greater possibility of mistakes? Every sport requires officials - therefore resulting in a human element that can never be eliminated. Officials must have an impact - that is the nature of sport. A call not made can be as critical as a call made. Are some officials better than others - absolutely. However, I know of no official with an agenda, no official who knowingly favors one team over another, no official who does not bring integrity to the pitch. Regardless of what it may seem to a fan, it just doesn't happen.
Posted by wgleslie[/QUOTE]
To say it doesn't happen is incorrect. To say it almost never happens would be a more accurate statement. I know of a referee who started frisking our inner city kids before a game during spring soccer, while he asked if they had any weapons or knives. U16 team. We got the kids back in the car, didn't play the game and demanded the ref never do our city team again. The guy appeared a couple of years later in one of our high school games and gave the opposing team three attempts to take the same PK that was saved twice by the GK. The third time the shooter scored and we lost 3-2.
Personally had another exeperience in Brookline where 95% of the calls were made against our team. The opposing team would commit similar fouls with no calls made. Our coach was told after his second complaint that he would get a direct red and have to forfeit the game if he opened his mouth again. Our coach remained silent for the remaining 65 minutes and at the end of the game our coach refused to shake hands with the official and claimed it was his only means of protest.
Maybe about 30 percent of the high school officials should not be officiating games because of the phsical demands of the two man. Some of them not because they don't know the game or rules but more that they can't keep up with the play.
I agree that too many people don't know the game and blame the referees. Human error is an unfortunate aspect of the game but way too much emphasis is often placed on the officials. To say there aren't people out there with bias' and prejudices isn't exactly true, but it is rather rare.