Abdoulaye's Twin wrote:
don't agree with this idea as ultimately its the ref that makes the decisions. 50% of the time its nothing to do with not seeing what happened, its a case of unwitting bias towards some teams or being afraid to make a decision.
I would prefer to see more of a basketball type ref situation. Keep your linesmen but have 2 refs reffing zonally. Both have a whistle and both can use it. This means it potentially tempers in bias and means that one of them is watching for things say around the ball and the other is watching whats going on up ahead. Meanwhile the linesmen are watching for offsides, ball out of play etc.
If one ref doesn't see it (Essien and his coward tackles whilst ref following the ball) then the other ref should.
Might sound a bit over the top this but having played basketball to a very high level in my younger days I can tell you it works...
What happens if there's an incident in one half and teh ref in the other half blows but the ref in the half it happened doesn't agree?
Stick with it as it is and get goal-line monitoring. The rules state "if in the referees opinion", that's the way it's always been for fouls and so it should stay. Ball crossing the line is a fact that can be determined with technology, as could offside, both with no confusion or delay to the game.
Just stop fecking fiddling with this game!!
Agree with all of that - the idea of refereeing by quango is horrifying. Recruit and train referees better by all means, but then accept what goes on on the field has to be a matter of one man's interpretation, and that the game is all the better for a bit of disagreement. I agree that the factual question of whether the ball has crossed the line could be dealt with by the appropriate technology.
And then, off the field, I would have a video panel to review simulation and violent conduct, with powers to hand out punishments retrospectively.
Like money hasn't always talked. You might not like it, or disagree, but it's the truth. It's a basic incentive, people always have, and always will want what's best for themselves and their families