Originally posted by therealchessfanatic
Mark Hughes joined the call for them last weekend after what he felt was a dodgy penalty decision that got Tugay sent off. he made an interesting point that there is a natural break in play when a penalty or offside is given so thay could be used and a decision could be made very quickly for offsides and penaltys.
What do people think, should it be brought in?
How often have you seen a bunch of pundits on the telly disagree over penalties/offsides etc even with lots of video replays?
Also - lets look at an example from cricket. They brought in video replays for run-outs, but the umpire doesn't have to refer to them - they can make the decision themselves. However
, a result has been that they will almost always refer the decision, even when it's obvious, to avoid mistakes (and therefore criticism).
Now translate that behaviour to football, which is what I think would happen. There is a natural break when a penalty or offside is given, but not
when it isn't
given! But with video replays the referee would refer any calls that are remotely close, knowing that the video referee would sort it out. There would be far more breaks in play than are currently the case.
I'm not against the use of technology if it doesn't mess with the flow of the game. But personally, I think this proposal would be a mess. A better solution would be for managers to stop moaning.