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Ryan On The Record EXTRA: Video replays needed NOW!

Referee Mark Clattenburg shows a red card to Chelsea's Fernando Torres during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

Referee Mark Clattenburg shows a red card to Chelsea's Fernando Torres during the Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London.

IT has certainly been a contentious week in football with my old adversary Mr Clattenburg in a right old tangle.

I have long been calling for video evidence to help match officials. The game is so quick these days and results should not be getting decided through errors.

There was so much going on in the Merseyside derby last weekend and then the Chelsea v Man Utd match that video evidence would have eradicated it all and we might have seen different outcomes.

The Suarez goal that was disallowed for offside was a good goal, yet the linesman had his flag up.

I appreciate not every one of the offside calls is a straightforward decision but he was clearly onside.

The replays show this and that is why I am calling for the replays - like we have in cricket and rugby.

Then we can get the correct calls.

I understand the linesman in question will be stood down from a game this weekend as a result but this does not give the three points to Liverpool.

Living in Knutsford, in Cheshire, I am right amongst Manchester United fans and, while I am not a Chelsea fan, I must say it was a poor decision to send off Torres for a second yellow.

Jonny Evans should have been booked for bringing him down and it certainly was not a dive by Torres.

There was some real drama in the second half in the Chelsea against United game and Mr Clattenburg and his officials were really in the thick of it.

Had there been a video replays then Javier Hernandez’s winner for United would not have been allowed as he was clearly shown offside.

In this rapidly advancing technical era we have got to see it incorporated quickly or match officials are always going to be hung, drawn and quartered over their on the spot decisions.

John Ryan

 

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