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Poll Explains Penalty Blunder!

Poll Explains Penalty Blunder!

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?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Sunday March 4 2007
Time: 6:58PM


Some of what you say is true, but on the other hand football is what it is today because of those blunders from managers, players & referee's. The money has come into the game because of the excitement & the mistakes which all adds to it. If every decision is going to be questioned (& believe me it would be) then it would take all the excitement out of the game. Once the football became boring, the money would soon disappear again. It's no coincidence that rugby, cricket & tennis don't have the same money as football.
Ashburton Gooner
04/03/2007 19:15:00
In tennis, horse racing and athletics its a simple yes/no decision. In both cricket and in rugby it is highly resticted, the former for runouts, the latter to see if a try has been scored and not for general play though the latter sport also use it to penalise foul play after the game - called citing - therefore to draw a similar restrictive comparison of it working, it could only be used to decide if a ball had crossed the line. Only in the NFL, is video evidence more wide ranging and EVEN then the right decision is not always made as it comes down to a human decision. To try to use it in such a fast flowing game as football would destroy the spirit of the game. To say a decision could be arrived at in 30 secs is nonsense. How often do we see the same incident seen from different angles and the argument is still going on at the end of the interval? Mind you it would impact on teams to attack at speed so maybe it should be :) - the option is citing players after the game for fouls, shirt pulling etc, and introducing maybe 2 extra linesman with greater authority to intervene and even over rule the ref if they are in a better place to see an offence
04/03/2007 19:25:00
I'm not proposing that it be used in every instance. There has been a couple of suggestions. 1) Each manager is given a set amount of challenges (let's say 3), if they make a challenge and win, they saty on whatever number they're on, if they challenge a decision and they're wrong then they lose a challenge. The other is that it onmly be used for major decisions (i.e penalty claims).
04/03/2007 19:33:00
Stop moaning about penalty decisions, Arsenal have been given enough this season. If you want to win games you have to do more than rely on the referee to win it for you. And besides, how can Poll have cost Arsenal the quarter final? How do you know the penalty would have been scored and how do you know what Blackburn's response would have been had it gone in? This is utter rubbish. I agree, Poll is clown - but facts are facts, penalties are not necessarily goals, didn't Arsenal miss 2 at Bolton?
04/03/2007 19:37:00
Totally besides the point Jamest irrelevant of netting a pen is a pen and in this day and age to not use technology for a games key points as Simmy points out is preposterous
04/03/2007 19:50:00
I saw your penalty over the weekend, and want to know what is the difference in that and what andy johnson got against watford last week?? I thought there was no difference, but do i expect Arsene Whinger to take notice of this for the match against us in a fortnight, no i dont.
weeman john
04/03/2007 19:52:00
Jamest, you support???? I gave an example, I could give examples of incidents with other teams. They say "If it aint broke don't fix it" Well the decision making process is 'broken' and needs fixing!
04/03/2007 19:56:00
How is that relavent Weeman? Bikey clipped his heals, it took him down we got a pen. I didn't see what happened at Watford last week, didn't see any of the game so I couldn't comment.
04/03/2007 19:59:00
If a doctor missed diagnosing a condition because he wasn't looking in the right place or if a lawyer missed a crucial piece of evidence because he was too pre-occupied with something else then these people would be censured by their employers, professional bodies or in extreme cases, the courts. Referees are meant to be professionals and as such, they should be held to account for their mistakes. It is to football's detriment that Poll didn't retire after the world cup.
Lex touched me.
04/03/2007 20:01:00
I thought poll was a comedian/magician. He's got a great 3 card trick plus he can make a teams season disappear in an instant, he also does a great comedy fall!
04/03/2007 20:20:00
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