Are the cameras slowly coming into focus?

by Mystical Mike

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

It could happen to your club

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is annoyed and frustrated that he cannot appeal the second yellow card given to Wilson Palacios, for a ‘foul’ on Blackburn’s David Dunn a fortnight ago in a game that saw Rovers come back from a goal down to win.

Redknapp says that the rules are “flawed” and that the Honduran should have been able to play against West Ham on Saturday.

“It’s a flawed system really that you can’t appeal against a yellow card when it’s blatantly wrong.

“We all saw on TV that he doesn’t make any contact whatsoever with the player. It’s flawed that you can’t appeal against a yellow card and get it rescinded. The same thing happened with Glen Johnson for Portsmouth.

“That’s was never a yellow card, his second, either, and it’s crazy. Surely they can look at that and say it was the wrong decision, they’ve not made contact with the player, so it shouldn’t count and he should be able to play.”

Now, I agree with the fact that the yellow card should not have been shown and referee Peter Walton should admit that he had make a mistake, because players are vilified in some quarters if they make errors that could be deemed costly and sometimes even mean they lose their place in the side.

We know referees are demoted down the leagues ladder, if they don’t make the grade in the Premier League, but in individual games, surely consistency has to come into play.

There has been many a time where referees have made mistakes earlier in a fixture and are suspected to have ‘levelled up’ the game, by making a similarly bad decision for the opposition. But is that really true or just coincidence?

Football fans are a fickle bunch on the whole though and if they can claim to be hard done by, they will. But I feel on this occasion, everyone connected with Spurs have every right to feel aggrieved by this decision and it seems to make a mockery of football as a sport.

But if players can fool the officials and dive for a penalty, succeed, and these decisions are not changed, then the club on the receiving end of such a conclusion then in this instance, the FA are right to follow FIFA in the guidelines. So then, Tottenham should not feel as if they have been unfairly singled out.

FIFA feel if they allow yellow cards to be appealed, it would cause chaos. But obviously, the answer is for the referee to make the right decision in the first place. We know it’s a difficult job, but there is one big, bad decision is on its way soon. I can feel it brewing. Be it that one of the Home Nations are denied a massive goal in an important game, or an English club in European competition, or something akin to the ‘Russian linesman’ or ‘Hand of God’ debacle.

So, does that mean video footage is slowly coming to the fore?

It is understandable that football may become stop-start, but why not apply the tennis/cricket/rugby lead and bring in some sort of trial to make the game better?

The more money that is ploughed into the game, the more there is to lose for the teams on the wrong end of such bad decisions.

Please don’t let it be your club.

Or you’ll ironically be sending videos of your complaints to FIFA…

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  • Mark Sumner

    I’ve always been a firm believer that the referee (a human) is an (the) integral part of the game and is therefore susceptible to human error.

    Mistakes are the only consistent things in life and whether good or bad they get made and you’ve got to take the consequences on the chin.

    Such mistakes and miscarriages of justice occur on the football field week in week out and they even themselves out over a season.

    I understand in the modern game bad refereeing decisions can cost big money to some teams but the referee isn’t responsible for teams losing money, its bad financial management

  • Darren

    You can of course if you’re Man United, they have their own rules because they are special.

    Seriously though, there is enough stop and starts in the game, the main people who would benefit here of course would be the TV companies, lets just see the reply of that tackle, was a card? or wasn’t it? Join us after the break to find out!

    It’s part of the game, you win some, you lose some, quiet literally!

  • Eddie Cassidy

    I’d be in favour of a so called “video referee” for incidents which could be seen as “result changing” for example, goal line or penalty decisions but to introduce it for every time the ref blows his whistle would be unnecessary and I don’t think it would automatically improve the game.

    The way things are at the moment isn’t too far from how it should be. Referees making a wrong decision in some ways adds to the holistic enjoyment of a football match, for what else would we have to talk about afterwards if every decision made was the correct one?

    It’s when we see displays from the likes of Mr Atwell that the argument for video referees comes further to the fore. I think it’s a question of balance. Referees undoubtedly need to be getting more decisions correct, perhaps a little technological help with the bigger decisions could ease that pressure and make for a more relaxed and accurate performance.

  • Tef1on

    Didnt messi have his yellow card revoked after he got booked for being kicked vs Bayern Munich?

  • Paul Dargan

    Nope. That yellow card appeal was turned down.

  • Martin Tibbetts

    Whilst I firmly believe that retrospectively decisions should be able to beaoverturned – Johnson’s second booking should have been wiped out, the ref send him a grovelly apology and his suspension removed,, there is no way that video should be allowed to interfere with the game itself.

    i have said it before and I will say it again – mistakes are as much a part of the game as everything else. They give people something to argue about and that is one of the key things about sport. The hand of God, the Russian linesman – these are the things that live with us and what make it such a wonderful game. It must not be sterilised.

    But more importantly, it solves nothing. Replays are as open to interpretation as open play. Did Luis Garcia’s goal cross the line – we still don’t know! When we see a dive or a foul on replay pundits can argue for hours about the decision. All replays will do is make more controversy, and break up the game in the process. In the heat of the game we can forgive a ref for a wrong call, its human error, the opportunities for calculated mistakes with video are huge. The referal system in cricket has failed already, with wrong decisions being given after the video. In football, when under pressure, teams will refer decisions just to break the momentum.

    And of course, it will just make the likes of Andy Gray even more smug and annoying. Or will it? When their constant, often ill informed criticisms of the ref come under a real spotlight they may be found out – every cloud.

    Just say no to video…..

  • Martin Tibbetts

    If you want any more convincing of why video replays can never work in football, take a look at Man United’s penalty shout against Everton yesterday. I think that the referee made a very good call, but ask 100 people and 50 will say he didn’t. The replay was as clear as mud – was there contact, probably not, did Wellbeck go down because of Jagielka’s challenge where he didn’t get the ball, almost certainly. Was it a penalty? Depends on your interpretation I am afraid, and no amount of replays will make it any clearer.

    It won’t work, it will simply cause more controversy and upset for Arsenal fans (who are top of the league for whining and over analysing the rules of the game)!

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