Your controversies resolved – ask Graham Poll!

Geoff Hurst and the Hand of GodControversy is to football what biscuits are to tea. You love it anyway, but it wouldn’t be the same without it!

Where would we be if the beautiful game didn’t throw up the occasional argument, debate or even blatant mistake? In a much duller place, that’s where.

Think about it. We’d have nothing to talk about in the pub; Fergie would have nothing to complain about when United lose and Sky Sports News would have round-the-clock schedules to fill with stuff other than football.  God forbid!

Of course, multiple camera angles and replays galore magnify any issue that happens in the big games so that no issue goes unanalysed – particularly if one of the big four are involved! – but what happens further down the ladder?

How do you settle a debate when the only people watching are on the pitch plus the one man and his dog on the touchline? Well, that’s where Club Website can help out, along with our refereeing guru Graham Poll.

Having spent a long and successful career at the very top of the game, Poll is no stranger to controversy and – before you all start crying out about three yellow cards! – despite one very high profile mistake, he is still widely regarded as the UK ’s top official of the last decade and one of the very best in the world.

And now Mr Poll is on hand to set the record straight for you lot out there – each and every month in The Club House, the monthly e-newsletter from Club Website.

Put your question to Graham and win a prize!

If you have a poser for Graham, email it to [email protected] or just post it in the comments field below.

The best questions are answered in The Club House and if you ask Graham’s ‘Question of the Month’ you can win a copy of his brand new book, ‘Geoff Hurst and the Hand of God’.

So get involved and put Graham Poll on the spot with Club Website!

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  1. Donald Bayley on October 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I have been watching football since 1944 and I dont understand why referess are so bad. 1. They cannot see the ball enter the net; 2. They do not stop play when there is a foreign object on the pitch; 3. The award of a penalty is always predicable by the status of the teams. Finally referees from the continent are better than those in the uk. Its almost like political correctness.

  2. Bob Hayward on November 2, 2009 at 12:34 am

    As an ex ref of many years ago when will these so called experts who sit in tv studios put their money where their mouths are and show how good refs they are by officiating in a match. Suggest Andy Gray John Motson et al start with an under eights game before they show themselves up even trying to keep up at an adult game. They should never be allowed to criitcise a ref when they are not prepared to get out there.

  3. Andy Gilly on November 3, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Its no wonder the standard of refereeing is so poor, its about time the F.A and the powers that be introduced full time referees, how can they expect referes who have a job during the weekto keep up with professional athletes on a Saturday? Its like asking a club Tennis player to play Federer at Wimbledon! We also need to introduce all the technology at our disposal to make the referees job easier, to weed out the cheats and to get the decisions right!! NOBODY would complain about a correct decision!

  4. Club Website on November 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Andy – afraid the refs at the top of the game can’t use other jobs as an excuse… they’ve been fully professional since 2001!

  5. Glenn Weaver on November 3, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    In a recent women’s match, a player had a metal hair grip in place. The referee stopped the play and aske her to leave the field of play. She wouldn’t allow her back until the hair grip had been removed and play had stopped so she could check again. Play went on for 2 minutes without a break and eventually she went over to check. Couldn’t the Asst Ref put a thumbs up to say the clip had been removed so she could return to the pitch ?

  6. David Rainford on November 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

    In local football (Welsh Clwyd Premier) can a ref book a player ie: keeper for shouting “he’s offside”???

  7. Pete on November 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The answer to David R’s question is “yes” if he the ref thinks it’s a deliberate effort to put off a player (rather than an honest appeal). It would count as unsporting behaviour.

  8. Roger Brown on November 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    If a referee fails to act, e.g. on persistant late tackles that lead to a serious injury, is that referee negligent & as such open to prosecution? Does a referee a ‘Duty of Care’ whilst undertaking his duties?

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