It’s being reported that TV microphones picked up the conversation between the referee Mike Jones and the linesman discussing the Tiote goal yesterday, and referee Mike Jones told the linesman he thought the ball had touched Yoan Gouffran and therefore disallowed it.
Cheick Tiote in action yesterday
And of course if that was the case Yoan would have been offside, but TV replays showed that Yoan got out of the way, and the ball didn’t touch him at all.
The referee made a huge blunder seen by TV viewers around the world, and when you get decisions made by the officials like this – which viewers know are wrong – because they see video replays of it immediately – why couldn’t the officials be allowed to watch the video replays themselves before finally making the decision?
In fact the only two people who thought it was a goal yesterday was Manchester City manager Pellegrini, who has to improve his English because you couldn’t make out what he was saying after the game – and Joe Hart.
And apparently Joe Hart said after the game that he was prevented by Yoan Gouffran from diving for the ball.
That’s nonsense as the TV replays showed two things – one was that Yoan was not in the way, and the second was the ball was in the back of the net before Joe could react.
In the 2010 World Cup we had the strange site of the ball from Frank Lampard being three feet over the line in the game against Germany, and the officials not allowing the goal, even though the TV screens at the ground kept showing the video replay with the ball three feet over the line.
Video replays are used in USA sports all the time, especially American football, and there are so many blunders being made by the officials these days in the Premier League, with apparently no accountability.
Sooner or later video replays have to be introduced – there’s no getting away from it.
The Premier League is becoming just too big, and while goal-line technology has come in and we now know when the ball is over the line, Jones’ decision yesterday and offside in general are still areas of the game where mistakes continue to be made.
How often do you see a linemen let the play go on when the player is level with the defender?
And the offside rule about when a player is active or not is purely subjective, and referees have different interpretations of the rule.
We are interested to see if we hear anything at all from anybody in an official capacity, to say that the Tiote goal yesterday should have stood.
But there’s no chance of that of course.
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