TagKumar Dharmasena

Striking Back for the Umpires

I was listening to TalkSport in the car yesterday. The ex-football referee, Graham Poll, was criticising a more recently retired ref, Mark Halsey, for betraying the ‘refereeing fraternity’ – which is presumably some kind of sacred brotherhood for middle-aged men who prance around like schoolteachers on a Saturday afternoon. The meat of the controversy passed me by to be honest – I find club football nauseating these days – but one thing was clear: the majority of people believe the standard of...


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