Referee Arthur H Blythe bio

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raised arm

2012-05-05

A referee from the 1940's and 50's, he last international season was 1950/51. Arthur Blythe died in 2003.

obstruction
In the 1950's the word obstruction appeared in football. A foul not bad enough for a direct free kick (a penalty is a direct free kick) but a foul nonetheless, so the indirect free kick€ was introduced by the English FA.
But this caused a problem for the referees, after every whistle players would come to the ref to ask if it the free kick was direct or indirect.
One day when Portsmouth was playing Man City, the Portsmouth chairman asked referee Blythe if he perhaps could raise an arm to indicate that the free kick was indirect, that way every one would know. Blythe decided to try it out, knowing the FA did not like its refs making gestures. He had the players and the audience informed. The trial was a success and the raised arm is now a common sign.

From our reporter: Dave Eisenhower