Of Referees and Others

The weekend’s football started another round of referee bashing. A caller to Talk Sport even claimed that Bolton Wanderers have lost 9 out of the last 10 games not through playing poorly but becasue referees have been beastly to them. Players can make mistakes, it seems, but the man in the middle cannot. We are told about the huge amounts of monry at stake about this about that about the other. But isn’t this missing the point? Sport is about human beings, in all their fallibility and it is the errors that make the human drama that makes good sport so compelling. Sport without mistakes is sport that wouldn’t be worth watching. It’s so much better anyway to kid yourself that your teamm lost because of the so and so in black not spotting that youir opponents’ goals was yards offside than to admit you were beaten by a better team. Long live mistakes!


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