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Stuart Thomas

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Stuart Thomas is a sports writer, freelance journalist and copywriter who made the jump from Roar Guru to Expert in 2017. A former trainee professional golfer, his sporting passions are broad with particular interests in football, AFL and rugby league. His love of sport is only matched by his passion for gardening and self-sustainability. Follow him on Twitter @stuartthomas72, connect with him on Facebook and LinkedIn and see his work at https://www.stuartthomas.com.au

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Will be quite a funny scene once implemented, as players flock around the referee in the box after a penalty is awarded. Is he going to hand out four, five or six blues on the spot? The players will react the way they always have in the short term. I can hear the commentary now……..”Sydney FC are down to seven men for the next ten minutes”. Football will be truly dead if that occurs.

Shove your blue cards where the sun doesn't shine, football - the game is already over-officiated

As the AFL found out in recent times, legislating against dissent is a complex and cloudy minefield. It failed dismally after becoming a farce with the “hands out” rule. Defining exactly what dissent is becomes the problem. Whilst there can be rather obvious examples, the line of what is acceptable and what isn’t is simply impossible to draw in such loose sand.

Shove your blue cards where the sun doesn't shine, football - the game is already over-officiated

Ocon’s relationship with Wolff must surely play a role here. Hard to see Schumacher being a serious option if Mercedes do continue to improve after a couple of dud years. Should they be seriously in the title race in 2025, experience and proven quality will be required. Alonso might be the best option in that scenario.

The probables, possibles and wildcards: Who'll replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes?

I know I’m lucky, but a cold ginger beer on a Tuesday afternoon watching the A-League at home has me a little excited.

Wanderers play victims again as Rudan launches childish, Trump-like conspiracy theories

I tipped Perth. Still not sure why, but reckon they are a lot better as a unit than the table suggests. Could get on a little run.

Wanderers play victims again as Rudan launches childish, Trump-like conspiracy theories

That is a good point that. Players must never think they are losing due to poor officiating. Rudan’s words suggest that and that cannot be good for team culture. Unless it were true I guess.

Wanderers play victims again as Rudan launches childish, Trump-like conspiracy theories

Russel appears to have Hamilton covered over the next few seasons, frankly, he looks quicker. Sadly for Hamilton, I feel Leclerc will also have him covered at Ferrari. Crystal ball, Max wins two more championships and Norris becomes a key contender. The lack of discipline and strategic awareness at Ferrari continues and Hamilton ends his career as a very frustrated man. The man to watch is definitely Piastri and Albon, if Williams can develop a car that actually works when you turn the steering wheel.

Will Lewis Hamilton's shock move to Ferrari strengthen his legacy... or tarnish it?

I must admit….it is a snug fitting cap and a stunning Kermit green.

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

Mike forgets more about football in a weekend than many will ever know.

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

Wow!

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

Thanks mate!

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

As you say, “We cannot ascertain”, therefore, the buck stops with the person in charge and the board, over which, he presided. Writing an article about something that cannot be ascertained is dangerous and simply guesswork.

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

I’ll let Mike speak for himself, yet I wrote one article on the Unite Round and spoke of the cracking Saturday night line-up. I also expressed concerns about the other fixtures and what would unfold in terms of crowds. Far from saying it would be a guaranteed success.

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

As I wrote…….”There is no doubt that he wished the best for the A-Leagues and the game itself in Australia”. I could not have been more categorical on this point.

Townsend and APL at the heart of Australian football's latest self-sabotage

They will win one of the two, guaranteed to be in reverse to the ones I’ve tipped.

The Roar's A-League Men tips and predictions: Round 13

I must admit to being very disappointed with the weekend just past. Football was fine but conceptually, it appeared a failure in many ways.

Is the A-Leagues' Unite Round worth persisting with next season?

I too am a lawnie. Love the game. Best terminology in world sport I say. A ‘toucher’, ‘jack’, ‘end’, ‘head’, ‘weight’, ‘drive’, ‘doubles’, ‘triples’, ‘measure’ and ‘ditch’. Make up a sentence with those and see what you get.

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

He looks like he has style. I like him.

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

Yep, keep it as simple and beautiful as possible. The day we have a captain’s challenge and referees throw yellow flags I’ll depart the game and work on my lawn bowls game.

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

Nice analogy. Maybe next I’ll have a crack at players cribbing a few metres at throw-ins, the lack of the use of the word ‘parity’ whenever scores are levelled or maybe my pet football hate, goal-keepers flopping on the ground with the ball to waste time. Grandpa Simpson signing out! 😂

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

Cheeky. My Warner stories are many in number but sadly, according to my publisher, unprintable for legal reasons. I lived in Coogee for some period of time and know of his exploits.

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

Smart decision.

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

I don’t think aG has ever been wrong! 😁

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

The VB hard-earned index is also farcical yet so well named. When I say it I feel like Thor! Loved the description of the xG stat as a ‘crutch’ for the comms. Thomson appears to be using it to fill dead air.

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

Or in the case of David Warner, runs abroad when they are needed the most.

Football’s xG statistic is the most ridiculous in all of world sport and the A-Leagues could do without it

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