This is another one of my texts on refereeing. Let me start with saying that I am not blaming anyone in particular and I am not picking on anyone. But this is a problem that needs solving! Otherwise, every major event is going to have competitors blaming the referees. ()
This is about the “apothecary” approach of the referees to elbow slips. This is about millimeters, about minuscule and momentary slips, which has no impact on the bout itself! It makes nothing easier for the competitor who's elbow has slipped and it is no obstacle for their opponent.
Of course it is easier to just stick by the rules!
There are always cameras, reruns – everything is clear and in the open.
But leaving decisions in the hands of the referees will never be objective and fair! Those are the facts!
There are however arguments to refrain from considering micro-fouls.
First of all – the audience doesn't get it, they want a fight, not an argument! We cannot ignore the audience, even random spectators, that's what I think at least.
We all know power-lifting and its rules, what can and what cannot be done. Sometimes it will happen that a lifter will clear a weight but the referees won't clear him.