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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.

The audience is also at a loss in cases like this.

Now, let's take weightlifting – it is said that competitions may be refereed by the audience – if a weight was lifted, it's cleared! This is what usually happens, although sometimes the referees won't clear a lift, but then the audience gets it.

Now let's consider how many people watch power-lifting and how many watch weightlifting...

It's similar in team games, where a referee will allow a play, even though he could have blown the whistle.

The issue should – in my opinion – be discussed by referees, competitors and coaches. It cannot be ignored any longer.

I myself don't have enough knowledge to suggest anything. But I think a discussion – a discussion, not an all-out argument – is very much necessary.

I will always remember a cry I heard at the first international tournament: “Let us fight!”. You should remember it too.


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