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I was a referee who just loved to apply advantage in order to keep the game flowing at pace and to allow players the opportunity to use their skills against the opposition.
The more experience of my own management skills allowed me to take the risk but always believing that I was in control and could deal with any outbreak of indiscipline.
The facts are that keeping the high tempo gave players much less time to dispute decisions.
So, for me good referees are the ones that prepare well, have an understanding of the team tactics and of course any volatile players that might be on the field of play during a game.

Keith Hackett
Keith Hackett

Keith Hackett is a proud Sheffield Man, Ex FIFA Referee, Former Head of the PGMOL, Author, FA Cup Referee and a Gentleman who knows the laws of the beautiful game in side and out. He is counted amongst the top 100 referees of all time.

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