Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Sunday March 4 2007
Graham Poll has explained why Arsenal were not awarded a penalty during their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.
In truth Arsenal should have had 2 pens as Aliadiere and Freddie Ljungberg were both brought down in the penalty area.
No explanation was given as to why Aliadiere was not given a penalty but Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves asked away from the cameras why Ljnugberg was given no penalty he had this to say: ''The ref was focused on the upper bodies of the two players - and that's why he didn't see what was going on below.'' Then something amazing happened, Andy Gray was left speechless! After taking a few seconds to digest what he heard he could say only this: ''What is this game called?''
If Poll can only concentrate on one thing at a time then he is in the wrong profession. He made a blunder at the World Cup, blunders all season in the league and now he has cost Arsenal a place in the quarterfinal of the FA Cup.
There is a simple solution to solve all these refereeing blunders; introduce video technology. I know I had a rant about this the other day but it`s so obvious. It has worked in cricket, tennis, rugby, horse racing and athletics effectively so why not at least try it in football?
Football isn`t just a sport anymore, it`s a way of life, it`s an industry. If a referee makes a mistake in a relegation scrap it can not only cost a club millions of pounds, but he can cost dozens of people their jobs. Relegation means less money, which means cutback, which means job cuts.
If the Football Association, UEFA and FIFA don`t want to introduce video technology then perhaps it`s time refs were punished for mistakes? Fine them or base the pay structure on performances.
I`m just a fan with a view, but if little old me can see that it`s not right then why can`t these fat cats taking home a 5 or 6 figure salary see that something is wrong?
What do you think?
Date:Sunday March 4 2007
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