Family of Utah soccer referee who died calls on players to control tempers Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Monday, 06 May 2013 14:22

SALT LAKE CITY — Family members of a Utah soccer referee who died a week after a player punched him in the head called on athletes around the world Sunday night to hold their tempers in check so another family doesn't have to suffer.

They spoke at a candlelight vigil held on the front lawn of the Salt Lake City home of Ricardo Portillo, 46. Wearing white shirts and holding signs that read, "In loving memory of Ricky," family and friends stood around a table that had a picture of Portillo raising his arms in victory, with flowers and candles surrounding it.

Utah referee punched by player dies in hospital Print E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 13:32


A Utah soccer referee who slipped into a coma after being punched by a teenage player during a game a week ago died Saturday night, police said.

Ricardo Portillo, 46, of Salt Lake City passed away at the hospital, where he was being treated following an assault, Unified police spokesman Justin Hoyal said.

Police have accused a 17-year-old player in a recreational soccer league of punching Portillo after the man called a foul on him and issued him a yellow card.

Referees banished to sidelines after howlers put standards under scrutiny Print E-mail
Written by Dominic Bossi, SMH   
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:27

The two referees in charge of last week's A-League preliminary finals have been dropped for this weekend's semi-final matches after a series of blunders marred the fixtures.

Jarred Gillett and Chris Beath will be watching from the sidelines this weekend after an erroneous penalty decision cost Perth Glory a win against Melbourne Victory and several dangerous challenges were ignored in Brisbane Roar's defeat of Adelaide.

Sage says Gillett should be banned for his safety Print E-mail
Written by Ray Gatt, The Australian   
Monday, 08 April 2013 11:05

Perth owner Tony Sage says he is still distraught over his team's controversial loss to Melbourne Victory on Friday night and will ask Football Federation Australia to ban Jarred Gillett from refereeing future Glory games at home "for his own safety".

His comments came as Glory coach Alistair Edwards finally opened up over his side's elimination from the finals series following the 2-1 defeat at Etihad Stadium.

Breeze calls for increased funding Print E-mail
Written by TheWorldGame   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:18

Ex A-League referee Matthew Breeze called on Football Federation Australia (FFA) to increase funding for match officials as whistle blowers come under pressure amid a raft of controversial decisions this season.

The independent Match Review Panel’s (MRP) decision on Monday to rescind the red card shown to Brisbane Roar midfielder Thomas Broich by the inexperienced Brenton Hayward against Newcastle is the latest of a number of incidents that have called into question the standard of officiating.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:32
Linesman dead after post-match beating in Holland Print E-mail
Written by The Telegraph   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 07:09

A linesman affiliated to Dutch youth club Buitenboys has died after being assaulted by players in a match on Sunday.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, was rushed to hospital after being punched and kicked by players from opponents Nieuw-Sloten.

Pre-season preparation sees successful start for referees Print E-mail
Written by Ben Wilson, FFA   
Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:38

While Round 1 of the Hyundai A-League saw a number of single-round records set for crowd attendances, TV ratings and digital audiences, referees also created their own record with an all-time low for referee error rates.

Each week, the performance of every referee is assessed based on their ability to make correct decisions. In Round 1 the error rate was less than one per cent.

This is significantly below the Round 1 rate of 11.5 per cent last season. Furthermore, there were no incorrect decisions for critical incidents on any of the five matches.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 October 2012 16:42
Miroslav Klose scores goal with his hand, and tells referee Print E-mail
Written by Huffington Post   
Friday, 28 September 2012 17:38

Sportsmanship 1, Lazio 0.

German soccer star Miroslav Klose put the ball in the net off of a corner kick in the fourth minute to seemingly stake Lazio to an early 1-0 lead over Napoli. As his Lazio teammates celebrated, the Napoli players furiously argued that Klose had used his hand to punch the ball into the net.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 September 2012 17:47
Ben Wilson appointed as FFA Director of Referees Print E-mail
Written by FFA   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:25

Football Federation Australia have announced Ben Wilson as the new FFA Director of Referees replacing the outgoing Mark Shield.

Wilson has a long and successful history as one of Australia’s top match officials. He began officiating at the age of 15 and his first professional match came as an NSL Assistant Referee in 1996.

FFA making big mistake in ref's exit Print E-mail
Written by Michael Cockerill, SMH   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 18:06
Leaving ... referee's boss Mark Shield will leave his position at the end of the month. Photo: Reuters

Following chief executive Ben Buckley's headline departure, Football Federation Australia has lost another key official - referees boss Mark Shield will leave at the end of the month after the governing body declined to turn his part-time job into a full-time position.

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