Lord Zola wrote:It will only change when video evidence is brought in. Why can't the 4th Official sit in front of a monitor, and see instant replays. When a player is sent of or a penatly is given the game stops for at least 2 minutes anyway, so what would be the problem of taking 20 seconds to look at a replay.
I agree with the money invested in football today something needs to be done as the refs are taking the blame for players theatrics. Some of them are very good a making something out of nothing and to the naked eye it looks a foul but on replay it clearly isnt. The argument of taking away the human element is rubbish as I would rather see video evidence helping out refs and officials, rather than allowing the farcical events of Portugal v Holland become commen practice.
If the video evidence clearly shows a dive then the said player would be cautioned accordingly. I think it should only be for penalties and goalline clearances and cautions.
The Heinze challenge on the Mexican player the other day was a yellow card offence in my opinion. If the Mexican player had kicked the ball straight rather than in the direction of Ayala, then the ref may have sent off Heinze, but by kicking it in Ayala's direction then Im pretty sure if he'd have hurdled Heinze hack Ayala would have got a challenge in before he had a shot a goal. I havent seen Matterazzi sending off so I cant comment.
One things for sure England can have no excuses if we dont beat Portugal as their best player (Deco) isnt playing and we are arguably at full strength. If I was an England defender first thing I would do is flying knee Ronaldo in his thigh. Anyone whos had a dead leg knows they hurt and whatever you do you cant shake them off in 5 days so he wont be 100% fit so WHACK first 5 mins let him know. He's got 8 weeks til the premiership starts. Go on Gary do it for your country!