Sport and the Law: The Authentic Referee

Jonathan Crowe

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[Extract] The recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa brought plenty of drama, but also the usual complaints about the standard of refereeing. Two incidents, in particular, attracted the ire of fans and players. The first came when a shot by Frank Lampard rebounded downwards off the crossbar during England’s second round match against Germany. The referee failed to award England a goal, despite the ball appearing to land well inside the goal line.

The second incident occurred during the second round match between Argentina and Mexico, when a goal by Argentina’s Carlos Tevez was allowed to stand, even though Tevez was clearly offside. Australian fans, meanwhile, continue to lament the questionable decisions that saw star players Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell shown red cards in successive fixtures, effectively ruining their team’s chances of making the second round.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-176
Number of pages3
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010
Externally publishedYes


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    Crowe, J., 2010, Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game. Richards, T. (ed.). Chicago: Open Court Publishing, p. 347-356 10 p. 28. (Popular Culture and Philosophy; vol. 51).

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