There have been a lot of questions asked recently about the quality of refereeing, in the Premier League and all over Europe. But if officials had more technology on their side, these questions could be eradicated.
Football is worlds behind other sports in terms of technological decision systems. Of course, goal-line technology was a huge step forward for football as a whole, it was introduced to the Premier League at the start of last season and it's gone down brilliantly.
However, decisions like penalties and sending offs are still left solely down to the officials and to be honest, at times, they struggle.
Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock spoke out on the matter Monday night after they were denied a penalty early in the game when Fraizer Campbell was brought down in the box.
A decision like this is where the officials need help, the referee in the game at Selhurst Park, Phil Dowd, was obviously unable to see the incident clearly and the linesman must have had the same problem too.
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If there was an official sat in front of a computer in the stands looking back the incident, the referee could simply ask for a second opinion on the situation.
Now, of course, if a system like this was implemented into the game, it would have to be limited in order to prevent the match from becoming too stop-start. Maybe a system could be in place where the manager of both teams has one or two appeals a game.
Nonetheless, this was a worry when goal-line technology was introduced to the fast flowing football of the Premier League, but that has turned out perfectly fine and doesn't hinder the game whatsoever.
Another advantage of this system is that money is not a dilemma as there was with goal-line technology. It wouldn't cost anywhere near as much to enforce this scheme and this just adds to the surprise that it hasn't already been introduced.
It would prevent officials from being slaughtered in the post-match reviews and stop complaints from players and managers during the match, as they know the decision given was the correct one.
Maybe some time in the future, a system like this will be in place and honestly, it's starting to feel like it's a matter of when, not if. It just seems that in this day and age, with the technology on offer, it would be stupid to continue to not take advantage of it.
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