Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Sport Is Paying the Penalty for Failing to Use Available Technology

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Our Sport Is Paying the Penalty for Failing to Use Available Technology

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COMMON sense in football isn't all that common.

It never fails to amaze me when an obvious solution to a problem is completely ignored.

We didn't have goal-line technology in 1966 so there will always be debate about a certain goal scored in a certain game.

We have had that technology available for a decade or so and yet it was only last year when it was brought in.

Why the wait? Every official in the Premier League is now miked-up. There is someone in the stand beside a monitor.

And yet Fifa, Uefa and the FA still do not use any of this to help the referees. At least not as much as they should. If they had used that common sense so lacking then mistakes would not be made, such as the one that denied Newcastle a clear penalty on Saturday.

How long would it have taken for an official sitting up in the stand to get a message to the referee that he's made the wrong call? I would guess 15 seconds.

The referee and his two assistants speak to one another all the time. …

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