Football Officials Keep Getting It All Wrong


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.

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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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15 comments so far

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #1

    The refs have always been crap it’s just highlighted more now as there are so many cameras at each match.
    I also suspect there is corruption in the game. What’s the easiest way to influence a game in your favour? Bribe the ref. Anyone who thinks the English game isn’t corrupt to some degree is deluded.
    It’s the richest league in the world, money will be changing hands.
    The more video technology is used the less chance there is for corruption. It has to be the way forward.

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  • mick1078

    Apr 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t blame Webb, I blame Pardue for that horrific result, I’m still she’ll shocked, hurt and embarrassed and fed up, need a reaction or we are down believe me !

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  • darrylwe

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #3

    All the fuss and money going into goal line technology at the moment is a complete waste. As a supporter of club and country it would only effect 1 match roughly every 4 years. It’ incorrect offside decisions that change games week in week out. How many has Cisse alone had chalked off this year? At Anzhi it was 2 in one game. For me after a goal has been given or not the 4th official should have 30 secs to watch Sky sports and then re-start play with the correct decision if needed.

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  • Eddie

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardew out. Please.

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  • Cisse's Big Toe- Not Quite As Anti Pardew As Beattie Crew

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #5

    why cant we have referees in the stands watching real time coverage, by the time the ball is in the net they will already have had time to rewind and see if the original pass was to an offside player

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  • Eddie

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Pretty please?

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  • beddersmag

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Daryll totally agree mate. Even if you gave the captain a couple of challenges while the game plays on so its not every 5 minutes. It would take away the daft ones. Has to be the way forward its too important and the financial implications are so great now.

    Mick the officials need to take their share of blame at 1-1 we are big favourites. Its just my point, these bad decisions affect results. Cant be allowed to continue when you can get it right in moments

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  • imre-varadi

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Yes the Ref had a bad game, but it was the linesman/women who really messed up. Some of the decisions were at least shocking and at best dumb founding

    The female lines person just could not handle the situation and was over roared by the occasion. It was starting to get embarrassing as she was apologising to players AFTER she had given a decision and play moved on

    She also missed a clear penalty to the Mackems and it was on her side but she just bottled it. Mind that would have have added salt to a very painful wound

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  • SydneyMag

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #9

    Does anyone know if McManaman has apologised to Haidara yet?

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  • mick1078

    Apr 16, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #10

    And if Taylor’s hold on graham had been seen it would have been 4 nil and if my auntie was my uncle : ( still blame Pardue !

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  • TheEPLnNBAfan

    Apr 16, 2013 at 5:56 AM

    Comment #11

    it happens in NBA when referee will check against video replay for uncertainty. Certainly a referee watching live video and advising the referee on the pitch on certain calls will help the game. Its as simple as that but just not implemented.

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  • Abbott

    Apr 16, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #12

    I have now stopped celebrating goals.
    I am tired of screaming out load at home just to be smashed in the face with another false offside decision.

    How many Onside goals has been canceled out this year for us – must be over 10 !?

    Howard webb was bad this weekend, but he must be able to rely on his linesman… actually its same with the Haidara incident… if the main ref (Halsey) has blocked view… the linesman should commonicate its a proper red card…

    Atm… its like we need to have like 20 chances… to score one goal… take the Fulham game for example…
    nothing is going in our direction and it does not help that the refs are poor as well.

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  • saxonfenken

    Apr 16, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #13

    mick1078
    what a load of rubbish

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  • Jonny

    Apr 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Not webbs fault that the offside was given? The linesman was to blame.

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  • Pigott93

    Apr 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #15

    What confuses me is that it hasnt been done earlier. Rugby has has tv officials for years and all that happens is if a ref is not sure then it takes 2 mins for him tom give him the right call. This should be used for offside and goal calls its just one guy watching a tv it cant be that hard to pull off

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