Referees and Psychology

The controversial penalty calls in France-Norway and Australia-Brazil over the past few days are as good an excuse as any to shamelessly promote an article I wrote about a year ago for Howler Magazine. Issue 14 had a section devoted to referees, and I wrote a piece about what recent research tells us about the psychology of referees. Then-editor George Quraishi even interviewed me on the Howler podcast, Dummy.  You can listen to me talking about my findings by clicking on the podcast link below.

But just to highlight what you’ll be missing if you don’t check out the actual article, I’ve included the opening tidbit, describing an afternoon at an away game. It’s NSFW, and hopefully that’s just the way you like it. (Click old the image below for a larger, more readable image). Enjoy!


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