Share

cover art for Refereeing: The Official Review

Back of the Stand with Mark Saggers

Refereeing: The Official Review

Season 1, Ep. 8

Welcome to Back of the Stand with Mark Saggers. 


Each week, I will be joined by some of the biggest names in sports and delve deep into the controversial discussions that others aren't brave enough to have. 


In this episode, I focus on refereeing in football and it’s seemingly diminishing standards. I along with some great guests also discuss refereeing from grassroots level, the treatment of female referees and the comparison between officiating in other sports.


Guest-list:



0:18 – 09:51 – Former Premier League Referees Mark Halsey and Keith Hackett


09:56 – 24:29 - Steve Chittenden, former Football League and Grassroots Referee


24:35 – 39:29 – Legendary Rugby International Referee, Nigel Owens



Watch The Sunday Night Club with Mark Saggers at 7pm Sundays on TalkTV on Sky 522, Virgin Media 606, Freeview 237 and Freesat 217. Listen on DAB+ and the app. 

More episodes

View all episodes

  • 43. England's Euro 2024 Hopes, Spanish GP, Summer Series Rugby & More

    01:18:12
    Welcome to back of the stand with Mark Saggers. Each week, I will be joined by some of the biggest names in sports and delve deep into the controversial discussions that others aren't brave enough to have.In this episode, we discuss Harry Kane's explosive press conference ahead England's final group game with Slovenia, our resident referee's break down all the key decisions in the Euros, we look back on the U.S. Open Golf and look ahead to our 'Olympic Heroes' Paris 2024 preview and The Open Championship. England started their Summer Series Rugby tour in style as they thrashed Japan in the opening game. However Wales didn't have as much luck ! Last but not least we chat through Max Verstappen's seventh win in ten races at the Spanish Grand Prix.00:18 - 23:42 - England's Euro 2024 campaign so far - Former England Internationals Frazier Campbell and Leon Osman.23:47 - 36:08 - Refereeing The Official Euro Review - Former Premier League Referee's Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey.36:11 - 49:49 - All the latest in Golf - Jeremy Dale, PGA Coach and Trick Shot Artist49:52 - 1:08:31 - Summer Series Rugby - Former England International's George Chuter and Jeff Probyn.1:08:34 - 1:17:42 - Spanish Grand Prix - Former F1 Driver, Perry McCarthy
  • 42. Paris Olympics And Summer Series Rugby Preview

    30:39
    Welcome To Back Of The Stand With Mark Saggers. Each Week, I Will Be Joined By Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports And Delve Deep Into The Controversial Discussions That Others Aren't Brave Enough To Have.In This Episode, We Continue Our 'Olympic Heroes' Paris 2024 Preview And We Look Ahead To The Jam Packed Summer Series Of Rugby and who has an important message for all listeners.00:17 - 18:00 - Sharron Davies MBE, Olympic Medalist & Author - Who Are Team GB’s Hopefuls In The Pool This Summer?18:05 - 30:05 - Ugo Monye, Former England Winger - International Rugby Comes Back Next Week With Summer Series.
  • 41. Refereeing The Official Euro Review

    10:39
    Welcome To Back Of The Stand With Mark Saggers. Each Week, I Will Be Joined By Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports And Delve Deep Into The Controversial Discussions That Others Aren't Brave Enough To Have.In this episode, I am joined by former Premier League And International Referee's Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey to discuss the officiating so far during Euro 2024 and much more.
  • 40. Man City Vs Premier League

    44:16
    Welcome To Back Of The Stand With Mark Saggers. Each Week, I Will Be Joined By Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports And Delve Deep Into The Controversial Discussions That Others Aren't Brave Enough To Have.This week, I along with former Brentford Chief Executive, Andrew Mills dissect the battle between Manchester City and the Premier League. The champion's bid to sue the Premier League will have no impact on the club’s fight to overturn the 115 charges that continue to leave a strain. To delve into the legal and financial aspects we went and sought out the very best financial experts and sports lawyers to analyse the ins and outs of the case.23:45 - 33:12 - Dr. Rob Wilson, Football Finance Expert33:16 - 43:46 - Gregory Ionnidis, International Sports Lawyer 
  • 39. England's Defence Falters, Our Olympic Heroes & US Open Preview

    01:21:00
    Welcome To Back Of The Stand With Mark Saggers. Each Week, I Will Be Joined By Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports And Delve Deep Into The Controversial Discussions That Others Aren't Brave Enough To Have.0:17 - 13:47 - Refereeing The Official Review - Former Premier League Referee's Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey13:53 - 35:36 - A review of all of the latest action in the T20 Cricket World Cup with Former England International Angus Fraser, former County Cricketer Neil Burns and Broadcaster, Presenter and Cricket Expert, Tim Abraham.35:40 - 57:41 - U.S. Open Golf preview with PGA Coach and Trick Shot Artist Jeremy Dale57:45 - 1:09:37 -This week on Our 'Olympic Heroes' is Ollie Wynne- Griffith And Tom George, part of the Team GB Rowing Team1:09:40 - 1:20:29 - Last but not least, F1 Analyst Tony Jardine reviews the Canadian GP. Are McLaren and Mercedes pulling Red Bull back into the mix?
  • 38. Euro 2024, Olympics & More

    01:01:34
    Welcome To Back Of The Stand With Mark Saggers. Each Week, I Will Be Joined By Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports And Delve Deep Into The Controversial Discussions That Others Aren't Brave Enough To Have.Intro - 0:18 - 1:211:29 - 14:40 - Can England Win Euro 2024? Dom Smith - Football Reporter, Evening Standard14:46 - 22:31 - How Far Can Scotland Go In The Tournament? Pat Nevin - Former Scotland International22:35 - 35:58 - Refereeing The Official Review - Former Premier League Referee's Keith Hackett and Mark Halsey36:02 - 44:23 - First OF Many Interviews With Team GB members leading up tot he Olympics. This week it is Sean Veady and Ben Lane - Team GB Olympian Badminton Players45:27 - 52:26 - Everton Takeover Woes As 777 Deal Falls Through - Ben Jacobs - Football Journalist53:30 - 1:01:04 - Summer Rugby Internationals 2024 Preview - Former England Rugby Internationals - George Chuter and Ian Hunter
  • 37. Can England Retain The T20 Cricket World Cup?

    45:38
    Welcome To Back Of The Stand With Mark Saggers. Each Week, I Will Be Joined By Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports And Delve Deep Into The Controversial Discussions That Others Aren't Brave Enough To Have.Later today England begin their 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup campaign in Barbados against Scotland. Can they retain their title? Former England International's Angus Fraser and Derek Pringle share their thoughts and predictions along former County Cricketer Neil Burns and Broadcaster, Presenter and Cricket Expert, Tim Abraham.
  • 36. Rob Burrow: A Hero That Will Never Be Forgotten

    10:45
    In this special episode, we pay tribute to former England international Rob Burrow who has sadly died at the age of 41 after a lengthy battle with motor neurone disease.Burrow spent his entire rugby league career with Leeds Rhinos and helped them win eight Super League titles.He retired in 2017 but two years later it was revealed Burrow had been diagnosed with MND and, after he raised millions to help build a new care centre for MND patients alongside former team-mate Kevin Sinfield, his death was confirmed by his former club on Sunday evening.The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to Rob Burrow, who has died aged 41, describing him as a “legend of Rugby League” who had a “huge heart”, adding: “He taught us, ‘in a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream’.”A statement from Leeds read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend.“Rob has always been a true inspiration throughout his life whether that was on the rugby league field or during his battle with MND (motor neurone disease).“He never allowed others to define what he could achieve and believed in his own ability to do more.Darren Powell joined Mark Saggers on Talk to pay an emotional tribute to his friend and legendary rugby player Rob Burrow, "I don't know where to start!"Former England International's George Chuter and Ian Hunter also payed tribute.
  • 35. Manager Merry Go Round

    44:56
    Welcome To Back Of The Stand With Mark Saggers. Each Week, I Will Be Joined By Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports And Delve Deep Into The Controversial Discussions That Others Aren't Brave Enough To Have.This week, we discuss ownership and management of clubs. Is the constant changing of staff a key to success or will it in the long run have a detrimental effect? 0:18 - 17:17 - Andrew Mills, Former Brentford Chief Executive, Gavin Megaw , Former EFL Executive And Mark Warburton, Former QPR, Brentford, Rangers & Forest Manager17:23 - 25:26 - Rupert Lowe, Former Southampton Chairman25:11 - 33:11 - Andrew Mills, Former Brentford Chief Executive, Gavin Megaw , Former EFL Executive33:15 - 44:25 - Martin Allen, Former EFL Manager