The derby game on Sunday between Newcastle and Sunderland was shockingly refereed by none other than Howard Web, England’s World Cup referee in 2010.
Howard Webb – drops down two leagues
Howard had a stinker in the game, and disallowed what could have been a vital equalizing Newcastle goal by Papiss Cisse for offside, when he clearly wasn’t, and should have also given a penalty in what was an error-filled performance by the English referee.
But this is nothing new, and it goes on every weekend in the Premier League and other leagues in Europe.
And officials continually get the offside calls wrong.
And only last week in the Champions League, the Scottish officials allowed a Malaga goal that was plainly offside, and then in that dramatic stoppage time, when Borussia Dortmund scored twice to beat Malaga – the winning goal had as many as four Dortmund players offside when the initial cross came in.
And then when the center-back got the ball into the net, he was also offside when he hit the ball – but offside was not called – and yet the Scottish linesman was right in line with the play but didn’t call any of the offsides – what was he doing?
So it’s hardly new news when offside goals are given, and non-offside goals are disallowed – it happens far too regularly these days.
And the stupidity of it all is that TV viewers get an immediate replay of the event, and can tell if it should or should not be allowed – and sometimes – like for England’s “goal” from Frank Lampard, in the 2010 World Cup against Germany, when the ball was a yard over the line but not given, we had TV screens at the game showing a freeze frame with the ball about three feet over the line.
It’s just all to ridiculous.
Mark Halsey just over four weeks ago was sent to the lower leagues for missing that horror tackle by Callum McManaman on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara, and allowing Wigan’s stoppage time goal, even though a Wigan player clearly handled the ball wehn it cam over from a corner.
Callum McManaman has received no warning or ban for that tackle – so we have to assume it was a fair tackle and nothing was wrong, even though his boot went right into Haidara’s knee.
Howard Webb has been omitted from the Premier League list this coming weekend – and relegated to League One.
This is punishment for Webb for his hopeless performance in the Tyne-Wear derby at Newcastle,
Web and his team have been relegated two divisions and will take charge of Colchester’s low-key clash with Shrewsbury on Saturday afternoon.
But as we said, it happens every week and sooner or later video replays will need to be used to stop this nonsense that goes on in football games with the officials every single week.
It’s just not good enough at the moment, and some way will have to be found so that the game is not continually interrupted, like games are in American sports, because football is a free-flowing game.
And the fans get to immediately see whether the ball is over the line and whether offsides are correct or not – but the initial referee decisions always stand, right or wrong.
This cannot last for too much longer, and we’ll probably be seeing some goal mouth technology next season in the Premier League – but then offside decisions will need to also be fixed somehow.
What do you think?
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