Paul Bignell

Paul Bignell is an Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has previously been the acting News Editor of the i Paper, a home news reporter for The Independent for one year and a reporter for the Independent on Sunday for six years.

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An online petition has reached 20,000 signatures to remove referee Michael O'Leary after a picture appeared of him 'celebrating' with Nigeria players

World Cup 2014 diary: Bosnia outraged by ‘celebrating’ referee following early elimination

New Zealand referee Peter O’Leary is facing calls to be sent off after an image appeared with what looked to be the official “celebrating” with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama immediately after their 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday. An online petition to Fifa has already collected some 20,000 signatures to remove O’Leary from the tournament. The referee drew widespread criticism after disallowing a perfectly good Edin Dzeko strike for offside after 21 minutes. Eight minutes later Peter Odemwingie fired the Super Eagles in front.

Croatia's players are now refusing to talk to reporters after photos were published of them bathing nude in the team’s swimming pool

World Cup 2014 Diary: How ‘warm’ 1966 Beckenbauer shirt paid off for Derby policeman

A look at the things you may have missed

New research says the UK audience is more likely than any that in other country around the world to watch matches in the pub

World Cup 2014 Diary: South Korea urged to enjoy Brazilian journey while they can

Parking The Bus – yet another tedious corporate snooze-fest of a worldwide fan competition to choose the slogans to go down the side of every team bus – has in fact yielded some amusingly joyous results.

Daniella Semaan

World Cup 2014 diary: Romance relegated to supporting role on Brazil’s big day

The events you may have missed in Brazil

Fuleco, the official mascot of the Brazil World Cup

World Cup 2014 diary: Not another dreadful mascot? It's time to roll up into a ball and hide

Armadillo! World Cup 2014 will be a not-before-time welcome back into the limelight for a creature all but abandoned in popular culture since Harry Enfield's seminal 1990s advert for Dime bars.

Yawn...Founder James Ward at the fourth annual Boring Conference

Boring Conference 2014: Yawning? Well, you’re supposed to be

The annual conference celebrating life’s seemingly tedious things is in danger of becoming interesting

Pro-government ‘red shirts’ in Bangkok yesterday
Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur remake: Seventh version of biblical blockbuster targets Hollywood's burgeoning audience of Christians

Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov will be behind the camera, but there is no news yet on who will step into Charlton Heston's sandals to play the lead
Records have seen an increase in sales

Record Store Day 2014: The spin is still in

The crowds at yesterday’s International Record Store day proves that vinyl, once written off as obsolete, is cool once more, says Paul Bignell

Observing the birds: these Gentoo penguins are part of a scientific study to see if human interaction affects their breeding success

Antarctic cruise: The sound of silence on a voyage to the White Continent

In the company of a veteran scientist for the British Antarctic Survey, Paul Bignell encounters choppy seas, curious wildlife and the bewildering sight of the never-setting summer sun

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice