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We Need A Replay!

Arsenal`s defeat in the Carling Cup final and FA Cup fifth round has again underlined the need for video technology to be used during games, not just after.

On Sunday Didier Drogba was clearly offside when he received the ball to score Chelsea`s equalizer. A goal that cost Arsenal dear as he later headed in a Robben cross to give Chelsea an undeserved 2-1 victory. Don`t get me wrong, the Arsenal youngsters did us all proud but their performance deserved so much more than they got - losers medals.

On Wednesday Arsenal were again punished by a poor performance from a referee. This time Graham Poll was the culprit. Arsenal had 2 stonewall pens turned down as Aliadiere was taken down inside the box before Emerton tripped Ljungberg inside the area. Poll waved both away.

That`s twice in 4 days that Arsenal have been punished by shocking decisions. If Wenger had been able to challenge the decisions then Drogba`s goal wouldn`t have stood and Arsenal may have won the cup.

If Wenger had been able to challenge Poll then Arsenal would have scored 2 penalties and Blackburn would have had at least 1, probably 2 players sent off and the tie would have been over.

It`s not just Arsenal that has suffered because of poor performances from Refs, just about every team in the league has suffered at some point. There`s a lot of pressure on refs, I accept that but these are professionals paid good money to carry out an important job (as Tim Stillman pointed out).

The arguments against it are quite pathetic. "It slows the game down" or "It disrupts the flow of the game."

Trying to intimidate the referee slows the game down. The FA said last season that they were clamping down on it and it lasted all of 2 months. It wastes minutes at a time yet nothing is done. It would take a matter of seconds to watch a replay; the ref could then make a decision.

Disrupts the flow of the game? Well so does consistent fouling, yet unless you play for a big club it rarely goes unpunished. Arguing with the referee disrupts the flow of the game. Time wasting disrupts the flow of the game. Do the FA clamp down on them things? Of course not.


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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Thursday March 1 2007
Time: 9:36PM

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yes, bring the fn replay video thing. I don't think it will slow the game down anymore. Speaking of slowing the game down, poor refereeing decisions are demoralising the game, day by day. And no surprise, its all happening against Arsenal.
49ers
01/03/2007 22:24:00
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Id like to see ex players turn referees such as in rugby. could also learn a thing or two about the technology they have introduced to make a fairer game. Id sooner suffer the 20 seconds it would take to review an incident than be sick to the stomach until next season. I cant remember a season where decisions have been called into question this often, so many teams have been burned. Its a matter of when not if, just hope its sooner rather than later.
MeetTheGunners
01/03/2007 22:31:00
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so when the referee sits there blowing his whislte after someone has commited a foul waiting for them to come right up to their face not slowing the game down. when the ref is chating ***** to the players isnt time wasting its the same freaking thing as when the referee goes to his linesman and asks if it was a penalty . . . instead he will be asking his forth official from the mic wop di doo wat a waste of time . . .they chat so much ***** these *****ers who are truly corrupting the game
abdleb
01/03/2007 22:32:00
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and to even further raise this issue what the hell is TIME WASTING when goal keepers take years to take free kicks. ALSO WHAT The HELL IS STOPPAGE TIME FOR ??
abdleb
01/03/2007 22:34:00
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I think we've had enough of these wrong decisions. I am in full favour of stop-in-play for video review when there is a major offence. Now that everything is happening against Arsenal
49ers
01/03/2007 22:45:00
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The moment any team gets decisions against them we get this pathetic call for video evidence. Watching the Carling Cup Final, Drogba's call was 'marginal' .. and Arsenal have benefited from similar marginal decisions in the past - greater concern might be the decision to put Senderos at right back v Blackburn allowing McCarthy to turn a ponderous defender inside out - not one of Wenger's better calls. Slowing the game down is a legitimate concern, but lets look at some other sports where there is video reply - Rugby Union and American Football - in both of these sports, video replay has not been immediate - it can and has taken several minutes involving multiple TV angles ... and after that .. they still make a decision which is disputed!!!! Ultimately what goes round, comes around. If there was proper punishment meeting out for diving, time wasting and persistent fouling with cards issued retrospectively after the games, then that would soon cut it out
Sir_Harry
01/03/2007 23:47:00
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bring video technology on! all for it 110%. the fa tw*ts need to sort it out and quickly, cos these decisions can effect the entire livelihood of a club. its only right that the correct and right decision is made-if this makes a football matchday last another hour longer then so be it. why not make a day out of it like they do in the U.S? maybe not 40 refs like they do but enough to ensure the correct decisions are reached.
kingdennis
01/03/2007 23:53:00
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that si not an efficient way to decide a football season. what goes around comes around! and as for retrospective punishment then i feel this is totally necessary. punish the players for diving, and cheating etc and ban them! that way it will eventually disappear from our game. and this is a discussion on viedo technology not aw's team selections.
kingdennis
01/03/2007 23:55:00
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Sir Harry I think you would have loved it when your team were disallowed that goal that was MILES behind the line at Old Turdford when the whole world saw the pathetic Caroll scoop the ball and the ref make it as if it was a great reflex save. A 30 second review would have been sufficient to make that one count. 30 seconds is 5 times less time than what it takes for Kirkland to take a goal kick. However, supporting a team that last time had a chance to win a trophy way back in the time of Noah and his arc, it is normal for you to say it's a 'pathetic call'. When a 'marginal' offside decision goes against your team in the Champs League Final (in your wet dreams) I would like to hear your opinion on this issue.
G4L
01/03/2007 23:57:00
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you can count on one hand this season in rugby union and league combined the number of mistakes a video ref has made sir harry. you can count on several hands the mistakes a "real time" ref has made in the last seven days.
kingdennis
01/03/2007 23:57:00
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