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Red cards, referee home bias and social pressure: evidence from English Premiership Soccer

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  • Robert Witt

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This article uses player/match-level data from five seasons of the English Premiership League (EPL) to test for home bias and referee susceptibility to social pressure in the application of the most stringent disciplinary sanction available to a referee. We find persuasive evidence for the former but none for the latter.

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  • Barry Reilly & Robert Witt, 2013. "Red cards, referee home bias and social pressure: evidence from English Premiership Soccer," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(7), pages 710-714, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:20:y:2013:i:7:p:710-714
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2012.734591
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