Ronald Sinclair is an Australian professional referee who has refereed in Gothia Cup China for successive three times. We’ve met him and did an exclusive interview with him.
“It is fantastic. I love China,” said him, “I’ve been to China more than three times. I played football with policemen team. Every time I come, people are so kind and friendly to me. I want to help you, I want to meet to you, I want to talk to you. It’s good fun to come here,” he added.
Sinclair has lots of experience in refereeing. Compared with adult’s matches, he believes the youth game has some specific advantages.
“The youths are better-behaved. They don’t argue so much with referees. With adults I’m more serious,” he laughed, “The youths, they just want to play football. They just want to run around and kick the ball for fun.”
“But they have so much energy. They always run, even in this heat.”
When he was asked about which game is the most impressive one that he has refereed in Gothia Cup China, he thought it was the U17’s final in last year, they did penalty kicks in the end.
“There was a really loud crowd In Gothia Cup China center, in Shenyang. And because it was the final, so it was so exciting.”
As the oldest referee in this tournament, he is 58 now, he didn’t think referee’s age would affect the quality of refereeing. This time, there are so many young referees worked in 2018 Gothia Cup China. “It’s doesn’t matter how old the referee is. There always a side’s coach wants to report referees. The refereeing that I’ve seen had did very well,” said Sinclair.
Sinclair also mentioned those managers who had some disrespectful behaviors to referees. He thinks they were not good models for young players.
“I want to say to them: ‘Why do you say that? Are you teaching your children, your players? Are you going to be a good example to your players?’ I suggested them should set good examples for their players. They should be someone that their players looking to.”
Sinclair used to be a professional footballer and even reached in national level in Australia. He shared his story about why he became a professional referee.
“I always intended when I stop playing on national level I would be a referee and try to be a referee on national level. I was successful in doing that.”
Sinclair said that his father was a professional referee, too. Even if until now, he still brings his father’s whistle with him in every match.
“I start the game using my father’s whistle and kiss it. Then I put it into the pocket and use the proper whistle,” he told us.
According to his words, we can see his passionate about football and refereeing. We will be very glad to meet Sinclair in Gothia Cup China again in the future. We also wish more people, who are interested in football can take part in our tournament and make contribution to youth football development.
By Miranda Cui