Posts Tagged ‘Referee’

Referee “accidentally” tackles South Carolina quarterback.

October 21, 2008

Watch as the the referee, Wilbur Hackett, Jr., demonstrates great technique in throwing a forearm into South Carolina quarterback Steven Garcia.  The referee was awarded the MVP of his Kentucky Wildcats football team when he played linebacker in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Hackett was cleared of any wrongdoing by his conference, the SEC, as the incident in the SC game was ruled “inadvertent” contact.  What do you think?

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Cuban Taekwondo participant faces lifetime ban after kicking referee in face.

August 25, 2008

CNN/SI

BEIJING (AP) — A Cuban taekwondo athlete and his coach were banned for life after Angel Matos kicked the referee in the face following his bronze-medal match disqualification.

Cuban coach Leudis Gonzalez offered no apology for Matos’ actions during the men’s over-80 kg (176 pounds) match.

Matos was winning 3-2, with 1:02 in the second round, when he fell to the mat after being hit by his opponent, Kazakhstan’s Arman Chilmanov. He was sitting there, awaiting medical attention, when he was disqualified for taking too much injury time. Fighters get one minute, and Matos was disqualified when his time ran out.

Matos angrily questioned the call, pushed a judge, then pushed and kicked referee Chakir Chelbat of Sweden. Matos then spat on the floor and was escorted out.

“He was too strict,” Gonzalez said, referring to the decision to disqualify Matos. Afterward, he charged the match was fixed, accusing the Kazakhs of offering him money.

“This is a strong violation of the spirit of taekwondo and the Olympic Games. The sanctions are the following and are effective immediately: Lifetime ban of the coach and athlete in all championships sanctioned by the (World Taekwondo Federation) and at the same time, all records of this athlete at the Beijing Games will immediately be erased,” said the announcer, reading a WTF release.

In his first match, Matos defeated Italy’s Leonardo Basile, then beat China’s Liu Xiaobo 2-1 in the quarterfinals. But he lost to South Korean Cha Dong-min in the semis to land in the bronze-medal match.

“To me it was obvious he was unable to continue,” Chilmanov said. “His toe on his left foot was broken.

Graduate of Mike Tyson’s Sportsmanship School: Soccer player arrested after biting referee’s face

June 22, 2008

28 yr. old player gets tossed from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct. Naturally, he bites the ref on the face and threatens his life and runs like a little bitch when police are called. A bit of an anger problem I’d guess.

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NBA facing a steroids-like controversy follows baseball’s playbook: Deny, Deny, Deny

June 11, 2008

The idea that the NBA leadership is complicit in, and perhaps encourages, fixing games continues to gain steam. Ck. out the quote from a good story on ESPN regarding the very controversial Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Championship, often referred to as the worst officiated game in NBA history.

“Referees A, F and G were officiating a playoff series between Teams 5 and 6 in May of 2002. It was the sixth game of a seven-game series, and a Team 5 victory that night would have ended the series. However, Tim learned from Referee A that Referees A and F wanted to extend the series to seven games. Tim knew referees A and F to be “company men,” always acting in the interest of the NBA, and that night, it was in the NBA’s interest to add another game to the series. Referees A and F heavily favored Team 6. Personal fouls [resulting in obviously injured players] were ignored even when they occurred in full view of the referees. Conversely, the referees called made-up fouls on Team 5 in order to give additional free throw opportunities for Team 6. Their foul-calling also led to the ejection of two Team 5 players. The referees’ favoring of Team 6 led to that team’s victory that night, and Team 6 came back from behind to win that series.”

An informative, albeit melodramatic, video regarding the game fixing scandal surrounding Tim Donaghy, and NBA Commissioner David Stern’s repeated denials.

Donaghy was also involved in a playoff series in 2007 where the officiating was again heavily criticized, the San Antonio Spurs versus the Phoenix Suns.