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VAR: A referee’s perspective

There’s not much that unites football fans apart from our love of the game. We come from diverse ethnic, religious and political backgrounds. We eat different foods, speak different languages, and most importantly of all we support different teams. That’s what keeps the game going. Because if we all held […]

Guest Post – Sideline chatter

By Cordwainer Bull My first thought on reading Enzo’s blogstering about homophobic insults being chucked at the ref at McLeod Rd the other week was not so much indignancy, as: “What a very 1970s insult… those Westie bozos really need to update their material”. My second thought was more whimsical, […]

Rivalism Weekend – 2/3

Forrest Hill Milford 4, Glenfield Rovers 1 Becroft Park, Auckland, April 9 2017 I’m not a morning person. I can’t stress that enough. This is why football works so well for me. It’s an afternoon game. As a general rule, no Sunday morning sleep-ins are harmed in the making of […]

Dancing in the dark

Northern 4, Auckland 3 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, October 22 2016 I have to admit that my heart sank when I saw the draw for the first time and this fixture presented itself. Because the National Women’s League does not contain a development side this year, most weekends only have […]

Nobody likes a snitch

Waitakere United 4, Wellington Phoenix 1 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, January 17 2016 I did a lot of umming and ahing about whether or not to attend this particular fixture. It seemed like a great idea in my head when I was thinking “Fred Taylor Park – five minute drive” […]

Red and blue collar crime

WaiBOP United 3, Southern United 0 Waikato Stadium, January 14 2016 WaiBOP victories? Oh, they are soooo last season. Sure, before 2014/15 I had never seen one in my life, but now I’ve seen HUNDREDS of them! How predictable they are, how clichéd and almost monotonous! Whatever happened to those […]

Referees – Thanks three hundred!

A couple of weeks ago, in-the-back-of-the.net got its 300,000th page view! That’s a milestone that demands celebration. How do we celebrate around here? If precedent is anything to go by, I celebrate by paying homage to some of the game’s least celebrated yet essential elements – referees! I marked the […]

Rigore per la Juve

I didn’t think I would be too bothered.  Sure, I had read a lot of angry comments from Romanisti about the refereeing display, but I thought it was probably just the usual sort of bleating you get after a loss. I suspected the penalty calls would probably be a bit […]

Getting shirty

Exciting young Roma striker Mattia Destro played quite a seven minute cameo in Roma’s 4-1 (yes, that’s right, 4-1) victory over Palermo this morning our time. He came on as a substitute for Francesco Totti in the 73rd minute before proceeding to pick up a dodgy yellow card in the […]