WSC contributor Ian Plenderleith runs a blog which discusses issues from a referee’s perspective, from penalty calls to angry spectators
22 November ~ “The away team's defender knows that he's going to get a yellow card, but he can't help himself,” writes WSC contributor Ian Plenderleith in his blog on refereeing.
“He claps in my general direction. His applause is not genuine. The number 6 is not actually appreciating my gifts as a referee. Despite having long since gone through puberty, he is conveying sarcasm.”
It’s a scenario that will be familiar to many who play amateur football, but in Referee Tales Ian shares the thinking of a referee when such a situation arises.
“When a player sarcastically applauds the referee and gets a yellow card, I know exactly what's going through his head. He's on a roll, and is seriously thinking about going for the disciplinary money shot and applauding the yellow card too, or at the very least making a comment.
“There's always that second when we're looking at each other and the unspoken message from me is, ‘Go on if you want to, because I don't give a shit whether you play on or stomp off to the shower swearing at the Gods.’”
Photo by Simon Gill/WSC Photography: The referee enters the field at St Albans, 2007