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Time for Technology Says Arsene

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has again called for technology to be made available to assist referees. Le Boss has long been an advocate of video technology for many years, but with Arsenal suffering some unlucky decisions in recent weeks, Wenger was again quizzed about the subject in his Friday press conference.

"What I feel needs to be talked about," he explained, "is how you can get referees into positions to make less mistakes. I feel that football authorities have a great responsibility in that. I don`t think the quality is not there. I think it is there. The referees are quite good but the game is so quick and the situation for them is so difficult that without assistance they cannot humanly improve a lot."

"I feel it is unfair to say the referees are not good enough. It is that they are in a situation where they cannot do much better. There is not enough room there [to improve]. I think they are close to being as good as they can be. I wouldn`t accuse the referees of not being good, they just need more assistance."

Wenger believes that the implementation of a video referee, as seen in Rugby League, would help referees to make correct calls in a game that has increased in pace in recent years. Personally, I don`t buy the "referees are human and, as such we have to accept human error" argument. Human error is not explicated in the rules; it is brought to the game externally. Anything we can do to improve that facet of the game we should attempt. However, there are issues surrounding the slowing down of the game. It`s all very well contesting a penalty that has not been given, but presumably play will continue, how do we decide when to stop it and review a decision? It`s certainly a quandary. Your thoughts?

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday April 18 2008
Time: 3:54PM


would like to see it for just a very few situations. The goal line technology must be available, so can see no reason not to use that? Not sure about other decisions, as even most fouls are subjective.
The Fear
18/04/2008 16:05:00
In 1 way i would hate to see it as i like the fact football is flowing and do not want to see a stop start situation. On the other hand a lot of money is involved in football and big decisions can ultimatley cost clubs. If we had a penalty against liverpool, if Birmingham didnt have one against us.. We could be in the semi finals of the CL and still in contention for the league. If they had a system in place where as decisions could be made within 20 seconds on major decisions like Penalties, offsides then it could be beneficial
18/04/2008 16:20:00
Without technology, when refs make mistakes, guess how would they feel about missing out on incidents for/against teams like us who play a pacy game? They'd say, "They're just too quick for us." Does that sound familiar? This technology thing is not going to undermine the refs' authority, it'll actually give them more credibility by getting things right for them where they can't "humanly" do so.
Lou the Gunneress
18/04/2008 16:21:00
Is FIFA deciding not to do this as they think in some less wealthy countrys and at grass roots level any kind of implementation of video technology would be too costly? Who would pay for these changes to the game? FIFA? Doubtful. The clubs? Yeah, in countrys where the clubs are wealthy and able to do this. Football is such a simple game at the moment and as such is played and enjoyed everywhere. Refs can't be expected to keep up with the pace of the games these days. Linesmen must give thousands of wrong offside decisions over the course of a season, all because the players speed and accelaration are way beyond theirs. Something has to happen!!!
18/04/2008 16:30:00
Scooch, I don't watch rugby, can you tell me what's rugby doing with their grassroots? I don't think all the schools or neighbourhood grounds would have that video thing would they? Wouldn't it be feasible if we just use the technology at the pro levels?
Lou the Gunneress
18/04/2008 16:38:00
Good point! I don't watch rugby either, so I don't know.
18/04/2008 16:47:00
Not sure about video reffing (I agree errors need to be eradicated, but no one wants to slow down or stop the game), but why can't we have goal line technology? A buzzer that goes off on the ref's wrist when the ball crosses the line? Dead easy. Stepp Ladder and his gang of idiots are against it. I also think refs and the FA should be able to retrospectively increase/decrease/impose punishments on players. If they commit a horrendous foul and only get a yellow, the ref should be able after the game to upgrade it to a red and a ban. Same for diving.
18/04/2008 17:07:00
I wouldnt have it for offcides because if a striker is not offside but is flagged offcide and video tech shows they were onside what is the ref supposed to do give it back to the striker and let him have a shot on goal?? dont fink so.I also think if it is introduced wich i dont think until a couple of years teams should only have a certain amount of times they can contest a decision
18/04/2008 17:09:00
When NHL ice hockey got too fast for the referee they added a second referee, who seldom gets in the way and a hockey rink is about 1/5 the size of a football pitch. They also have a 'video goal judge' whose only job is to rule, with video evidence, on disputed goals- an electronic sensor in the ball would cover that angle in football. Also, in the NHL there are no Chelsea-type scrums around the ref- not only are you not allowed to harass the ref, you are not allowed to question his decisions and if you do you get a minor penalty (call it a yellow). Serious ref abuse gets you a misconduct penalty (a sending off). I remember once a player impetuously tripped a ref with his stick- he was banned for 70 matches. Needless to say, the refs are treated with far more respect than they are in football. They also review serious injuries and if deemed to have been maliciously caused, they have the power to ban players for up to a full calendar year. Without pay. I wouldn't want any changes that resulted in stopping play ever two minutes to review a foul or offside, but there are inobtrusive solutions, like a second ref and goal line technology, that could help. And if the FA adopted zero tolerance to ref abuse, we'd see a lot less of the John Terry's of the league. Has a ref EVER changed his decision because JT or Wayne Rooney swore at him?
18/04/2008 17:13:00
There is a challenge in introducing technology without interrupting the flow of the game but it shouldn't be beyond the wit of those involved in the game. Even so technology can be used retrospectively to effect the way the game is played. Won a penalty with a blatant dive? The offending club is automatically deducted 3 points and the player banned. Would that change players minds about diving? Technology can play a great part in controlling and improving decision making and player behaviour. We are exhorted to be open minded when considering playing league games abroad but introducing something that might remove some of the injustices from the game and open mindedness disappears.
18/04/2008 17:17:00
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