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# Referee

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GAA to review stadium policies in Newbridge after fans jostle referee McQuillan
Director-General Paraic Duffy has described the scenes as ‘completely unacceptable’.
Referee beheaded following player stabbing at Brazilian football match - reports
The deaths are understood to have occurred after an argument erupted over a contentious decision.
Sex for match-fixing scandal hits seedy lows in Lebanon
Three match officials have been jailed after pleading guilty to accepting free sex from a gambling-linked syndicate.
6 months after 'monkey' allegations, Clattenburg will ref Chelsea game
The referee was accused, by midfielder Ramires, of using inappropriate language towards John Obi Mikel.
Sports film of the week: The Referee
Remember Martin Hansson? How could you forget?
Your 'Not A Happy Bunny' Pic Of The Day
The Norwich goalkeeper was not impressed with the officials’ decision.
The man in the middle: Here are our favourite referees of all time
We pay homage to the guys with the thankless job.
Reports name Pat Lam as next Connacht coach as O'Shea is scolded
The arrival of the former Samoan and All Black international would sweep the board for Kiwi coaches in Ireland.
I’ll be seeing you: Poite gets the whistle for crucial Munster and Leinster matches
The French referee will oversee the Irish provinces in rounds five and six.
Romain Poite named as ref for Wales v Ireland 6 Nations clash
The Frenchman will whistleblow at the Millennium Stadium – scene of a lineout-gate in 2010.
VIDEO: Amir Johnson loses his cool, throws mouthguard at referee
The Toronto Raptors forward was furious at being ejected from last night’s game with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Ding dong the ref is gone: Gauzère replaced for Munster v Saracens
The French referee managed to alienate everyone within a 370-mile radius of Thomond Park on Saturday.
VIDEO: German referee says sorry after red card and penalty costs Dortmund
Wolfgang Stark bravely stepped forward after seeing TV replays and apologised for his error.
Opinion: Chelsea should be docked points for Clattenburg accusations
Their behaviour, and subsequent refusal to apologise for it, warrants a severe punishment, writes Paul Fennessy.
Oi, ref! 5 ways to improve refereeing by learning from other codes
Challenge flags, personal fouls and citing could work across a range of sports, argues Steven O’Rourke.
Clattenburg sidelined again amid 'racism' row
The referee will sit out a second weekend of fixtures following the allegations made by Chelsea.
FA chairman "open" to recording and broadcasting ref comments
David Bernstein feels it could be the right move in the wake of the controversy surrounding Mark Clattenburg.
Limerick football fan handed 96-week ban
The county’s CCC have moved to act swiftly in the wake of the controversy which overshadowed last Sunday’s senior football showpiece.
VIDEO: Paraguayan football match ends in brawl, 36 red cards
In the end, the referee decided it was just easier to send all of the players and the substitutes off.
Torrential downpour: England and Poland will have to play it again
War… saw, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
Penney unhappy with non-try decision, curses lack of Munster pressure
The New Zealander wanted a TMO at the very least when Casey Laulala crashed over late in the game.
McGrath to referee battle between the Tribesmen and the Cats
There will be a Westmeath referee in charge again for Sunday week’s rematch between Galway and Kilkenny.
VIDEO: The best back-heeled pass you’ll see from a referee this week
Watch the deftest of touches from the man with the whistle.
Uncertain future ahead for Khan after fourth round stoppage
The Bolton boxer was floored three times in two rounds by Danny Garcia – the new WBA light-welterweight champion.
'Respect for Italy': Casillas shows true class by asking officials to blow final whistle early
How can you not love this man?
The standard of League of Ireland refereeing has improved a lot since 1988, thankfully
To say that the penalty which decided that year’s FAI Cup final was soft is an understatement.
26 Days to Euro 2012: How did John Aldridge miss this?
Most of us can remember that Paul McGrath hit the post with a header but can you recall Aldo’s fresh air follow-up?
Nigel Owens to ref Leinster v Ulster in the Heineken Cup final
Welsh ref took charge of Leinster’s Heineken Cup win in 2009.
Andre Marriner to referee Manchester derby title decider
It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it…
Man in black: Phil Dowd to referee the FA Cup final
The 49-year-old will referee his first cup final when Chelsea and Liverpool meet on 5 May.
Derry loses his appeal against sending off as Martinez gets apology
Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez has received an apology from Mike Riley for some ‘colourful’ decisions in the Chelsea v Wigan game.
Post-match reaction: Mathews and Kenny unite in criticism of referees
The referee, and officiating in general, was the main topic of contention after last night’s game between Rovers and Shels.
Ref off, you've got the wrong Chris! Spurs fans abuse Olympic gold medallist by mistake
Sir Chris Hoy politely asks aggrieved Tottenham fans to stop directing their misplaced criticism towards him.
GAA referee dies after collapsing on the pitch
Attempts were made to revive Martin Mulholland at the pitch in Derry, but he died on the way to hospital.
GAA ref in stable condition after collapsing during match
Situation could have been worse but for presence of on-site defibrillator, says county board spokesman.
Referee knocked unconscious by spectator after ladies' football decider
Simon Brady has no recollection of the events but describes incident as “shameful”.
The Magnificent Seven: Dodgy Decisions
Who’s the b****** in the black, asks Niall Kelly in the first of his new, weekly features. What has he missed?