Car­roll clash backs my call for change

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - Gra­ham West­ley

I AM sure I am not alone to watch in my im­pa­tience re-match. It is the Groves vs Froch Two great fighters go­ing to be some event. bat­tling for go­ing toe to toe, nose to nose, and the ti­tle. vs as we await the Liver­pool It is a sim­i­lar feel­ing a prospect. Man City game. What to be a again and prom­ises An­field is buzzing City are a are just ahead. But caul­dron to­day. Liver­pool big enough play­ers who are cer­tainly big club now with to han­dle the pres­sures. a feel-dis­ap­point. But I have These games so of­ten this one. might play to win ing that both clubs e for them that the ti­tle is ther Liver­pool will know it. City will they will go all out for to win, so I think and need big per­for­mances know that big games to deliver one. they will be plan­ning I des­ti­na­tion for sure. The arm­chair is my won’t be miss­ing a minute. is gonna be I have a feel­ing this hot! ON Tues­day night at Grif­fin Park I had the plea­sure of watch­ing Brent­ford per­form. I have to ad­mit to be­ing jeal­ous of a club that can bring Mar­cello Trotta off of their bench! But I have to take my hat off to the out­stand­ing qual­ity of foot­ball they played. They will un­ques­tion­ably go up this sea­son; a fan­tas­tic re­ac­tion to last sea­son’s disap-point­ment. dou­ble And with the foot­ball they are play­ing, you would have to be­lieve they can fol­low Bournemouth’s lead in the Cham-pi­o­nship. They are scin­til­lat­ing.

How on earth can foot­ball con­tinue to ig­nore tech­no­log­i­cal so­lu­tions as sup­port struc­tures to de­ci­sion mak­ing? Last weekend’s er­ror that in­cor­rectly al­lowed West Ham an equaliser against Liver­pool could so eas­ily have de­cided the Pre­mier League ti­tle. That is crass in this day and age.

Just to em­pha­sise and high­light the farce, West Ham were busy play­ing a re­play on a big screen as the Liver­pool play­ers cor­rectly protested about Andy Car­roll’s chal­lenge on goal­keep Si­mon Mig­no­let.

Big mo­ment; big de­ci­sion; time to con­sult the fourth of­fi­cial and his video play­back. There re­ally isn’t an ar­gu­ment against it. For­get the de­tail of how it works. The ba­sic prin­ci­ple that avoid­able er­rors of mag­ni­tude should be avoided sim­ply must be es­tab­lished and fol­lowed through. I am sick to death of hear­ing refs be­rated by those armed with the footage the refs need. Enough is enough for me. The game must evolve.

There has been strong op­po­si­tion to ar­gu­ments that I have pre­sented in the past abound the in­tro­duc­tion of tech­nol­ogy. The big­gest one is that I am in some way try­ing to ‘Amer­i­can­ise’ the game or change the sport we all love.

The trou­ble is that the world has spun.We can­not pre­tend it hasn’t. We used to send letters, now we just text. Within an hour, we can ex­change a month’s worth of letters from one side of the world to the other. The game can­not live in a time warp.

I am not ask­ing to in­tro­duce two ex­tra goals on ei­ther side of the half­way line! I am sug­gest­ing that we help refs and get the big de­ci­sions right. I am sug­gest­ing we make the game fairer. The only dan­ger is that home ad­van­tage might not be as big an ad­van­tage any more!

As things stand, we all just sit back and bat­ter refs week af­ter week while UEFA hang them out to dry. It is time for change. Foot­ball should not be be­hind ten­nis, cricket and rugby in mod­ernising. This is 2014. Not 1914.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

FOUL? Andy Car­roll’s chal­lenge with Liver­pool goal­keeper Si­mon Mig­no­let

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