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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Brenton says:

    The main problem, as I see it, is the same as we have in Canada with our national police force. So rarely do they admit that they make mistakes that it is now standard for the public to guess that when investigating themselves they will find they did nothing wrong. I respect the work of individual police officers, but I don’t believe they’re infallible.

    Referees make mistakes. They should admit to them and move on. It’s the lack of public accountability that frustrates managers, and rightly so. We all know that sometimes a ref’s decisions directly affect the outcome of a match, and we agree to play the game knowing that we might be on the wrong end of a poor decision. If it happens, I’m not sure why criticizing a ref after the match for making a poor call should be a fine-able offence.

  2. Gervillian Swike says:

    Tell you what I’d like to see. A referee telling Match of the Day that Joe Kinnear’s tactics were all wrong, his attack had no support and that his team defended comically. I’m sure he’d love it.

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