Book review

The Art of Refereeing

August 17, 2011
By Deji Olukotun

With Arsenal leading Newcastle by four goals in February of this year, wiry Gunners midfielder Abou Diaby grabbed Joey Barton by the neck and heaved him towards the ground. Referee Phil Dowd saw the act and promptly showed Diaby a red card. The Magpies then fought back to score four goals and earn themselves a thrilling point. Did Dowd make the right call? Probably not, according to the lessons of The Art of Refereeing: Techniques and advice for every soccer referee.

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