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Television Match Officials - are they now a necessity?

Friday 6th January 2017
The 2013/14 season saw the introduction of goal-line technology. Which is designed to help referees and linesmen alike with those critical decisions which ultimately determine the outcome of a match; There have been so many times we've seen incidents where video replays would've been a massive help, but we're still without them.

One moment which threw this debate into the limelight happened in Johannesburg in 2010. A decision so obvious that it could be seen live on the TV screen yet, not one of the officials could see it. This could have been a game-changer and now we will never know how that match could've ended.
However, this 2016/17 season (most notably the Christmas period) has seen some very questionable refereeing decisions (Mike Dean come to mind?). Even as a United fan, Marcos Rojo should have been sent off twice, Mkhitaryan's goal shouldn't have stood and Ibrahimovic's goal vs. West Ham shouldn't have counted. On top of that, there was also a wrong decision made against the Red Devils, when Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a goal incorrectly ruled out at home to Sunderland for an apparent high foot.

What's the solution?



The Premier League needs a Television Match Official, Rugby Union and League has seen officials for over 20 years, cricket has seen technology for many years too. The pause is for any situations where the referee is unsure, and it allows the manager to appeal any decisions they may have doubts about up to 3 times per match. But for every appeal that is wrong, an appeal is lost, meaning three strikes and you're out. These should only be used for penalties or when possibly contentious goals have been given.

The state of football is at the point where human error is too much becoming the talking point of matches and there's only one solution for it. The use of technology will eradicate that error and interpretation will be less open to exactly that. Perhaps what's best of all is that the fans will go home happy because they'll know the correct decision has been made far more often than not - and that has to be the end goal.

Takes the pressure off referees



Their accuracy is at 95% rate of making the correct decision, but at times, some of the mistakes are so obvious that it becomes the main talking point after a game. Mike Dean is all that's been talked about since the match at the London Stadium, he's been rightly criticised by managers, fans and pundits alike for ruining what was an actual contest until that point. One stat simply says it all:

West Ham shots before Feghouli was sent off: 6

West Ham shots after Feghouli was sent off: 2

Do you agree? Should referees be allowed the benefit of video replay? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.


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