Reuters Soccer Blog

A proposal from Germany could help cut out diving

November 11, 2009

Referee Peter Walton could face a suspension from the Premier League list if it is decided he made a mistake in Monday’s 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Birmingham.

Vukcevic takes his shirt off, lets the side down

August 19, 2009

Has there ever been a more stupid and pointless sending off than  Simon Vukcevic’s dismissal for Sporting against Fiorentina in the Champions League play-off round on Tuesday night?

Referee’s apology does little to calm Huracan

July 8, 2009

As Estudiantes bid to give Argentina the South American crown by winning the Libertadores Cup final, the fallout from Sunday’s Clausura title decider continues at an intensity not unlike that which followed Chelsea’s elimination by Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final.

Chelsea lose their heads and their dignity

May 7, 2009

Maybe Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo was wrong on all the big decisions in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg — it absolutely does not justify Chelsea’s reaction.

Lippi enters the Respect debate – but is he on the losing side?

November 27, 2008

One of the benefits of being a World Cup-winning manager is that nobody complains if you turn up at a party and start badmouthing the hosts – they’re too grateful you came in the first place.

Theatricals starting to spoil the football

June 23, 2008

Villa gets a yellow card

When I go to the theatre, I wouldn’t expect to see a soccer match break out on stage.
 
And so when I’m watching a soccer match I don’t want to see theatrics.

Euro 2008 referees: the team that can’t win

June 7, 2008

Referees pose

Football fans all love to hate referees … but getting close up and personal with them would change a lot of people’s opinions.

Euro 2008 crackdown could spark penalties and cards galore

April 18, 2008

Flying elbows, mass punch-ups, mouthy players, shirt-tuggers and divers will be the main focus for referees when Euro 2008 kicks off in June.

Mascherano shows shades of Rattin with petulant display

March 24, 2008

Mascherano protestsJavier Mascherano is in a long tradition of strong-charactered Argentine central midfielders going back to Antonio Rattin, and further.