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Six Bulgarian Referees Banned for Officiating International Matches without Permission

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The Bulgarian Football Union made the decision to ban the referees

While we all know the importance of informing your assignors if you plan on officiating out of state (or in this case, out of continent), this decision might be a little over the top!

Source: Eurosport/Yahoo

The Bulgarian Football Union’s refereeing commission has banned six officials for an unspecified period for breaching the BFU’s ethics code.

Luchezar Yonov, Petar Tarulov, Emil Mitev, Penyo Tashev, Ruslan Minchev and Veselin Rashkov were all banned after they officiated at international matches in South America last year without informing the national body.

“The refereeing commission made a unanimous decision to remove them from the referees’ list,” the BFU said.

Referee suspensions are not uncommon in Bulgaria while in recent years officials have complained there is widespread pressure on them to manipulate the outcome of games.

Aston Villa and Blackpool managers priase Sian Massey for Performance

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Sian Massey, right, entering the pitch with Referee Howard Webb

Source: The Telegraph

Rival managers Ian Holloway and Gerard Houllier applauded assistant referee Sian Massey for her performance at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

Massey returned to the Premier League for the first time since she was the subject of sexist remarks surrounding Liverpool’s win at Wolves last month. Those comments led to Andy Gray and Richards Keys losing their jobs at Sky Sports in the wake of the scandal.

Massey ran the line during the 1-1 draw between Blackpool and Aston Villa with Howard Webb the referee. Asked if she did all right, Blackpool boss Holloway said: “Absolutely.”

Villa’s Houllier added: “She took the right decisions. I was confident in her. She is good at what she is doing.”

However, Holloway was angered by supporters who taunted Massey. He said : “I didn’t like some of the shouts. Is that funny? ‘There is only one Andy Gray’.

“That’s rude, you have got to forget about all of that and get on with things, haven’t we. I think we should let things lie in the past.”

Ghanian Referee Lashes Out at Referee Fitness Test Double Standards

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Action from the Glo Premier League in Ghana

Source: Benedict Owusu (via MyJoyOnline)

Accra based referee Seidu Tijani believes the Referees Appointment Committee favours some referees who fail the fitness test by assigning matches to them to officiate in the Glo Premier League.

Referee Seidu who failed the recent fitness test, says the fitness test is not transparent since it favours some of the referees who fail the test.

In an interview on Asempa FM’s on Wednesday, Mr. Seidu stated that, “the initial agreement between the Referees Appointment Committee and the referees was that, those who failed the fitness test will be assigned to officiate matches in the Reserve League and the Division One but here is the case, where you see some who failed along with him officiating in the Glo league”.

He stressed that, if there is no favouritism then he expects the referees committee to give all of them the opportunity because some cannot fail and still be officiating matches in the league.

Hornets’ Chris Paul Fined $15,000 for Verbal Abuse of a Referee

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NBA Vice President Stu Jackson announced the fine

Source: WVUE (New Orleans, LA)

NEW YORK (AP) – New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for verbal abuse of a game official following a loss to the New Jersey Nets.

NBA vice president Stu Jackson announced the fine on Friday.

Paul missed a shot late in regulation Wednesday night that gave New Jersey a chance to

force overtime, then turned the ball over with 19 seconds left and the Hornets trailing by two. His attempt at a buzzer-beating 3-pointer bounced out and New Orleans lost 103-101.

The four-time All-Star guard finished 4 for 15 from the field and turned the ball over seven times in the game. He said afterward that he felt “like this was my loss.”

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