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Goal-line technology not enough in football

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Ex-Arsenal full-back Lee Dixon made a point during a televised FA Cup match last season about extending the use of technology beyond HawkEye's goal-line decision system.

Dixon suggested that the referee should be assisted when it comes to deciding whether a player is offside or whether it's a penalty, but that would ruin the game we all love.

Now, I respect Dixon and agree with a lot of what he has to say, but he is wrong here.

They say bad decisions even out over the course of a season and while this is a nice theory to believe in, it just isn't true, especially not for the teams at the bottom of the table.

Starting at the top level, we have to consider implementing technology that enables officials to quickly see for themselves which way their decision should go. After all, it works in both tennis and cricket.

As fans watching matches on TV, with decisions like penalty shouts, we have often watched the replay back five or six times over from different camera angles before the referee has made up his mind, as he is consulting with his colleagues as he didn't quite see it himself.

In this time, he could have watched a clip of the replay and made a quick decision based on what he missed in the first instance.

The main argument against this type of retrospective use of technology seems to be that it would slow down matches and break up a game, and if every single decision in a match was reviewed then yes, that would be a problem.

However in tennis, nobody can argue that the system of having a limited number of challenges per match doesn't work.

If each team in football had two challenges per match on any decision, this would have a negligible impact on time delays.

It should also deter players from diving - something which is destroying our game far more than the retrospective use of cameras would - as they would know that the defender who didn't trip them in the box would be able to challenge, thus the attacker would be susceptible to a booking and outed as a cheat in the process.

The game we love is constantly adapting, changing, evolving. This to me is the next logical step towards a football of the future. Why stay stuck in the past?

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