Red card for a Merry Christmas

A FOOTBALL manager believes he witnessed the silliest red card in his life after one of his players was allegedly dismissed for wishing the referee a Merry Christmas.

Josh Norton was playing for Hereford City when he received a second yellow card during his side’s 10-1 mauling by Ludlow Town Colts in the HFA County League Division One match.

Norton was accused of swearing following a tackle he made with a Ludlow player.

After pleading his innocence, Norton allegedly wished the ref a Merry Christmas and was duly sent off.

“There was a 50/50 tackle that two players went for and the ref decided to give a free-kick to Ludlow,” explained Hereford City manager Chris Marshall.

“The players got up off the floor and apparently someone swore.

“However, it was neither of the two players involved.

“The ref swore blind it was my player and I said no it wasn’t.

“He was also playing in front of his son and he said he would never swear in front of him.

“He then told the ref, ‘fair enough, Merry Christmas’ and he gave him a red card.

“It was the most stupid red card I have seen in my life.

“Too many referees don’t want to talk to players and, as manager, I tell my lads that only the captain or myself can speak to him.

“I think a lot of power goes to the ref’s heads, but if they want respect from the players, then they need to give some back.”

Herefordshire FA Chief executive Jim Lambert comfirmed Norton was sent off for two yellow cards.


Hereford Times

Christmas Quiz

Dear Colleagues,

Advance information for our next meeting and Quiz night which will be on Wednesday 20th December to start at 7:00pm, which will be upstairs at the Ford Club, Treboeth, Swansea.

The letter of invitation and minutes will follow seven days prior.

The fun quiz consists of general knowledge and sports, there are prizes for the winners and food will be provided.

We would love you all to join us on the night. The quiz master Mr Ken Wright. will be in attendance.

We hope to see you then.



October meeting

Dear Colleagues,

May I on behalf of the Vice Chairman, Mr Paul Matthews and myself invite you to the next Society meeting to be held on Monday 30th October at the Ford Club, Treboeth, Swansea.

Youth meeting to start at 6:45pm.
Main meeting to start at 7:30pm.

Our guests for the evening will be coaches/managers of teams within the Swansea Senior League. There will be an open discussion on Refereeing matters.

We look forward to seeing you on the night.



Player banned for kicking Refs door

St Johnstone defender Richard Foster has been banned for two matches for kicking a referee’s door.

The Scottish Football Association found the 32-year-old guilty of “excessive misconduct” after the 3-2 defeat at Dundee last month.

Sofien Moussa scored the winner from the penalty spot at Dens Park after referee Alan Muir ruled that Foster had fouled AJ Leitch-Smith.

Foster’s ban means that he will miss the Scottish Premiership home game against Rangers on October 13 and the trip to Hearts eight days later.

The former Aberdeen and Gers full-back also served a two-match ban and was fined by the club last season for scuffling with teammate Danny Swanson during the 0-0 draw at Hamilton Academical in April.

Society Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

May I on behalf of the Chairman and myself, invite you to the next meeting of the Swansea Referees Society which will be held on Monday 25th September at the Ford Club, Treboeth, Swansea to start at 7:30pm.

Prior to our main meeting,will be the Junior Section which will start at 6:45pm.

The Colin Ashford Award will be presented to Mr Neil Tucker, The Wern AFC.

James Shiels will be this evenings guest speaker and in his role as an emergency medical technician he will speaking to the membership about Sports Injuries.

We look forward to seeing you all on the night.



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