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Third official would be far better than goal-line technology

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Hallelujah went the screams when goal line technology was brought into Premier League football.

But how many goals have we seen marginally cross the line and require the use of the GDS (Goal Decision System)? Not many at all this season; maybe UEFA and Sepp Blatter are correct. It solves 0.033% of goals in the Premier League and players are still wrongly given offside due to linesman decisions which are blatantly incorrect.

Third Officials were UEFA's idea and are used in the Champions League. The 3rd Officials help the referee make decisions that the referee may not have seen. Such as Kieron Gibbs being sent off for handling the ball on the line by referee Andre Marriner. It wasn't Gibbs however, it was his teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who handled it on the line and Marriner sent off the wrong player 17 minutes into the Gunners' 6-0 demolition at the hands of Chelsea.

Maybe technology wasn't the answer to all our problems and the 3rd official can do the same job as the GDS and more. In this case Gibbs wouldn't be the player being sent off wrongfully and maybe Arsenal wouldn't have lost by such a significant margin.

The referees need all the help they can get at the moment and the introduction of GDS to Premier League grounds hasn't proven a hit with any of the players or the clubs they represent.

Another change is required for the game of football to become error free or at least as little errors made as possible. We need that third official.

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