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FOOTBALL.

TO THE EDITOR.

Sir, —I think that in the faco of so many complaints about the unfairness and partiality shown by referees at matches that it is time that the Union took the matter up, and appointed gentlemen to that position at every match (at any rate all the first fifteens should have that benefit) who understand the game, and who are not partisans of any club, and who are above suspicion. lam led to make this suggestion owing to complaints made a week or two ago in reference to the Alhambra and Pirates match, where unmistakably the latter had to play umpire and referee besides the opposing club. Last Saturday we had complaints of the same nature —Alhambra v. Montecillo—in regard to the referee's conduct in calling back Beck and Isaacs when they had most unmistakably scored, and his refusal to allow the same club a mark when properly obtained. His blowing the whistle when neither of the flags was raised was most glaring, and showed a one-sidedness. On the same day we have another complaint of the referee on the Caledonian Ground, in the match Dunedin v. Pirates. What will be the outcome of this to our young men who join in this fine game, if these practices are not put down ? I hope that in the face of these complaints the Union will remedy these evils, that we may have football played in its integrity.—l am, etc., Footballer. Dunedin, May 21.

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FOOTBALL., Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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FOOTBALL. Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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