Failing to crouch, touch or engage with the weekend’s sport
This page operating, as usual, roughly half a decade into the future, in April 2012, following a fresh outbreak of the usual clamour for video refereeing, warned what would occur should it ever come to pass.
Football crowds sapped entirely of spontaneity, every pivotal decision reviewed, referees abdicating all responsibility. And replays able to prove just about every penalty box ‘coming together’ involves some sort of foul. Controvassy replaced by controvArsy, as we’ve now seen. And after Anfield last Saturday, panic has already set in.
Actually, we took you further down the line, to when managers will be given challenges, which was the popular solution mooted this week, now everyone has seen how unmanageable the current incarnation will be.
That won’t work any better. Over the last five years, the average Premier League game has thrown up fewer than three goals. Give gaffers two challenges each and one thing you can be sure of is that every goal awarded will be subject to challenge. And perhaps counter-challenge.
And how would that even work? Would a manager need to describe exactly what he’s disputing, or just take a punt?
Because, if he’s just conceded from a corner, he’d be bang unlucky not to turn up some kind of foul.