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Mistakes by referees are honest ones and don't need to be punished

The referee's decision used to be final. Now it is simply the basis for discussion. The referee used to be right even when he was wrong. It was this that separated organised football from pick-up games in the playground. Now an official can be punished for making a mistake that has provoked protests from players and managers and been roundly condemned by television pundits who have studied the incident from several camera angles.

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