Aaron Ramsey has lashed out at football’s unwillingness to get with the times, and claims we need to take a leaf out of rugby’s book and introduce more video technology, as reported by the Express.
The Welshman saw a perfectly legitimate goal ruled out for offside against Liverpool this past Monday night, a goal which would have proved the difference in what ended up being a goalless draw at the Emirates. He was understandably furious at the decision, and believes something needs to be done about it.
“The replays suggest I was onside. It should have stood but obviously the linesman thought it was offside,” he said.
“I thought I held my run a bit, I thought I was onside, but I took a glance over to make sure and saw the flag was up.
“Most players want video technology. At the end of the day we should have been 1-0 up.
“To look at a video for 20 seconds would have maybe changed the outcome of the game. I think we could take a leaf out of rugby. They do it really well. You see it on the screens, they go off for 20 seconds and they get the decision right in the end. Football can learn something from that.”
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The goal clearly should have stood, and the linesman has a lot to answer for. There are often instances when mistakes from officials are understandable, but with the edge of the box acting as a giant ruler on this occasion, the linesman really has no excuse for his shocking decision.
With video technology better than ever, moments like these are becoming far more contentious. It’s easy for fans to see in a split second whether a player is offside, and these instances are, more often than not, game changing – resulting in outrage and backlash following the match.
The arguments against further introduction of technology are that it will remove debate and slow the game down too much. This is farcical, as there will always be debate in football and the time taken to check a replay is minuscule and insignificant.
The game would have been stopped anyway after the ball was put in the net, providing ample time to check the replays for offside. So why are we stuck in the stone-age?
Cricket, rugby, tennis, and a number of other sports have embraced technology, and it’s foolish that we in the world of football are yet to do so. The same arguments were put forward in other sports as well, but it’s hard to imagine them without video replay technology now.
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The fact that Liverpool benefited three times in two games from mistakes of this nature make things far worse, with Bournemouth robbed of three points after seeing their goal wrongly disallowed and Liverpool’s incorrectly left to stand.