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SATURDAY'S FOOTBALL MATCH.
THE DISPUTED GOAL.
THE RElFERIE© 'rNITDURVIIEJWIBD.
With regard to the goal kicked by the Englishmen in the match against Queans land on Saturday, which was disallowed by 'the rnferee, Mr. Faulkner, and which has given risa to much discussion, Mr. Faulkner states that he award- ed a free kick to England against Currie for not putting the ball into the scrum fairly. Mr. Faulkner states he stood at the spot of infringement and over which the Englishmen had to kick. Tanner and Graham, two of the Que&nslnnJ. for vnrds, stood at the same spot, waiting to charge the kick, which should hava been from a spot directly opposite the two for waid« mentioned. Instead of 'hat, how- ever, the ball was placed fully three yards away from the correct spot. Immediately on the kick being taken Tanner appealed, saying, "'Not over mark, referee." Mr. Faulk- ner states further that ho immediately blew his whistle, and ordered a scrum In com- pliance with law 10, which próvidas that the 'ball -shall bo kicked from a spot in a lina with the mark made by the referee.
j Mr. Faulkner considers that under the cir-
cumstances he could not possibly have given any other decision.
I A representative of this paper said to Mr.
Faulkner, " But many people are of the opinion that you did not »blow your whistle."
" Oh, yes, I did," ho replied. " Imime
I diately Tanner appealed I blew the whistle
and ordered a scrum."
I "But when you saw that the ball was I not placed correctly, was it not your duty
¡ to have Informed the player placing'it ?"
" No," said Mr. Faulkner. " It was not
I my duty. In all the matches In which I
have acted as referee I have always stood i at the spot of infringement and intimated
that the ball must be kicked over that ' mark. I followed out that principle
throughout the match on Saturday. No one on the ground would have been more pleased than I would to have seen England get the three points, as It was such a fine kick, but under the circumstances I could cot allow it."
THE ÎTJATIE IINTEIRIMATTONAL FOOT-
TO THE EDITOR. \
Sir,-<It was with much surprise that 1 read the Rev. M. IMullineux's remarks as to 'the roforeelng in the above match, wbi'h appeared in this morning's " CouriT," and think that they work a great injustice to Mr. Faulkner, who for a number of years has been looked upon as an efficient and impartial referee, not only by our own players, but also by New Zealand and N*w South Wales teams w'ho have frequently visited us. Mr. Mulllneux complains that Mr. Faulkner "interprets the rules too close- ly to the letter." Now, surely, the Enel'sh captain must know that the rules for foot- ball, cricket, or any other purpose are not framed for amusement, and it is the duty of a referee to abide by the rules In existence when appealed" to ; at all events, the Englishmen appeared to have found no fault with Mr. Faulkner's refereelng in Sydney, when, as all followers of the game know, t'hey were successful. He also com- plains that the goal kicked by Adamson was disallowed ; even if it had been al- lowed the final rpsult of the match would.
have been unaltered ?
-T am, sir, &?.,