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Annie McGuire Annie McGuire | 17:26 UK time, Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Hugh Dallas visits Pacific Quay, Glasgow

My Wikipedia entry says I'm a qualified football referee: but after a visit to the Sportsound team from Hugh Dallas - the head of refereeing at the Scottish Football Association, I've realised that my exam pass back in 2003 doesn't really count for much anymore.

The laws of the game keep being updated (or at least re-interpreted) you see - and Hugh was in to make sure our pundits know what they're talking about.

For example, the interpretation of what would constitute 'serious foul play' has changed dramatically since our very own Craig Paterson began his career at Hibs back in the 1970s.

Hugh talked us through videos of real incidents in SPL matches which - under the current reading of what constitutes serious foul play - would mean a red card for the player involved.

But even Gordon Smith: who used to be the SFA chief executive admitted that in his playing days lunges and two footed tackles were applauded rather than criticised.

So the moral for us all is to keep up to date with the laws of the game and not base our opinions of incidents on how things were 'in our day'.

With Hugh's help hopefully you'll notice us being right on the ball: if not, it's a straight red.

Listen again to BBC Radio Scotland sport programmes and visit BBC Sport Scotland for details of all the latest fixtures.

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