by Walter Broeckx
As I mentioned in my ref report I noticed a strange thing about the way Dean finished the game. In this post you can find a few links. When you click on them you will see windows media player opening and showing some very short clips.
Most refs have a very typical way of ending a game. A ritual one might say.
In South America you see many refs making a cross sign at the end of the game. Some refs point to the centre spot. Some refs point to the exit, in case the players don’t know where it is. And some refs just blow the whistle and make no signs at all.
Most of the time this is very personal and something that most refs always do in the same way. So let me give an example on how ref makes an end to a game we lost at Old Trafford last year where he very much influenced the final result. If you click on the link below you should see a short clip.
You notice he makes no gesture with his hands. Just blow the whistle and nothing else.
Ah, let’s see what he does when we win on a rare occasion with Dean in charge. Let me take the images of the FA cup replay at Leeds. Just click on the link below.
No movements with the arms in particular. Just blowing the whistle and checking and stopping his watch. And I have checked the other games this season we had Dean in charge and which we lost by coincidence. And again Dean only blows his whistle and makes no movements with his arms.
And I can produce a few more of those clips if you really insist.
And so when I saw him, by accident because I was just waiting for the final whistle to stop my review I saw him doing this and if you click on the link below
I think even a blind man can see the difference between Dean his normal ending of a game and this jumping in the air with his hands above his head.
Now I could accept that Dean would have been filled with joy just by the fact that he had done his first game as a ref on Wembley and survived it. But no, Dean has done a few games already at Wembley. I think he even did the first cup final on Wembley after the rebuilding between Portsmouth and Cardiff. So it cannot just be that he was just happy to still being alive after the game and done a game at Wembley.
Or was it just that he was so happy with the final score that he couldn’t hide it?
With all the things I have seen from Dean, and which I mentioned before the game, I think I know from which direction the wind is coming. And it brings a very nasty smell with it.
Now you could say I read too much in to this. But most refs have their own way of doing things and rituals and the end of the game is for a ref a moment which has a great value. As a ref you adopt your own style and you repeat it time after time.
So if Dean had something to celebrate at the end of the game it would be a nice thing to know what he was celebrating. Why did he change his end of the match routine?
PS: I would like to apologise for the low quality of the video clips but for some software reasons the programs we are using can only contain very small video clips.
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