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Fouls Go Left: Soccer Referees May Be Biased Based on Play's Direction of Motion


July 7, 2010

soccer move from left to right Soccer referees may have an unconscious bias towards calling fouls based on a play's direction of motion, according to a new study from the of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Researchers found that soccer experts made more foul calls when action moved right-to-left, or leftward, compared to left-to-right or rightward action, suggesting that two referees watching the same play from different vantage points may be inclined to make a different call. Full Story

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

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