Just watching Milan versus Liverpool. They Are Not Coping. Yet another match where the match officials are not up to the job.
Tonight decisions were required to give offsides or not to give offsides. Award penalties not to award penalties. Both sides suffered dubious decisions.
Why is there such reticence towards technology? The game needs to provide immediate help to referees. Football (soccer) must be the richest sports industry. The billions churned in transfers, advertising, club expenses, building of stadia, infrastructures , security and policing. The annual total is measured in billions! So why do we persist in allowing inadequate refereeing. Many clubs rely on first rate officialdom to survive and progress. Correct decisions can mean life or death.
Stopping the flow of a match seems to be the only serious argument against technology referrals.
Interruptions – that’s ridiculous too?
If stopping the flow of a match is so important, why are substitutions allowed to fiddle about getting fresh players onto the pitch? Why are players leaving the pitch allowed to stroll off chatting to their team mates, removing shin pads, and shaking the hand of the referee? Why is this annoying time wasting farce not stopped by giving the oncoming player a yellow card?
Now that would save a lot of time. Technology referrals would then be put into perspective as being minor to none compared with other, more serious, time wasting events.