Don't Call The Referee An Ignorant Bollox

Hal LaRoux
By Hal LaRoux
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A very interesting study has revealed it's not the curse but the content that decides if a referee will send you off during a match.The study conducted at the University of Vienna by Andrea Praschinger Christine Pomikal and Stefan Stieger dealt with both male and female football referees, Keys and Gray will be glad to hear. The results are in, be sure not to mix genitals and intelligence into the same outburst, the odds are against you.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether male and female soccer (football) referees would execute the Laws of the

Game despite players’ verbal abuse. Law 12 (Fouls and misconduct) instructs the referees as to how they should react when a

player, substitute or substituted player expresses a swear word.The player should be issued a red card. Referees (n = 113) were

presented with 28 swear words and asked how they would respond if this situation occurred in a real game (red card, yellow/blue card [blue cards are used in juvenile games, playerleaves field of game for 10 minutes], admonition, no reaction). The selected words were divided into categories (such as pertaining to intelligence or sexual abuse) indicating different degrees of insult



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