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Time for video refereeing?

The nation of Ireland woke this morning with a sick feeling in their stomachs. Just the night before, their national soccer team lost the chance to appear in next World Cup by losing 2-1 on aggregate. It wasn’t the fact that Ireland lost, but the fact that we were blatantly cheated by an arrogant cheat in the form of Thierry Henry.

No matter who you talked to this morning, everyone had the same opinion. Ireland were blatantly robbed.

You didn’t even have to be a soccer lover to know that what happened last night was one of the most unjust events in soccer history since Maradona handled the ball into the English goal in the World Cup finals of 1986. One major difference of people’s opinions was where to lay the blame. Some say it was the referee’s (including the linesman) fault for not spotting the offence, whereas others lay the blame squarely on the perpetrator, Thierry Henry, for being so unsporting. Personally I feel there is not just one place you can lay the blame for this sorry event. But if Henry had any decency at all, he would have held his hands up and admitted he had cheated. The other side of the coin is, that not one of the Irish team would have done this if they were in the same boat. So how can we blame Henry for not being honest?

As a Man United fan, I rarely voice my opinions on referees – Alex Ferguson does enough of that and I certainly don’t need to add to it. But I finally have an excuse to vent my anger towards referees and their inconsistency that brings the game of football into disrepute.

Let’s first take a couple of examples from last nights game to show you examples of referees inconsistencies:

Robbie Keane, must have had at LEAST 3 handball given decisions against him. None of them were as blatant as Theirry Henry’s handball, yet he got Thierry Henry was able to JUGGLE the ball before passing it to Gallas to score their equaliser.

Diarra, in the French midfield was constantly fouling the Irish players yet was never once awarded a yellow card for persistent fouling. Why not? Overall the referee had a good game last night – but when the key important decisions were to be made, he went missing.

This sort of inconsistent refereeing takes place every week in the Premier League. In one game you could have a situation classed as offside, but on the other side of the country, the exact same event would be deemed as onside. It’s this inconsistency that drives soccer players crazy, it’s no wonder they constantly surround referees and shout abuse when they clearly have no idea where they stand.

People who love Rugby, love to draw everyones attention to the fact that you never see referees being surrounded by players hurling abuse at them – the simple fact is that it doesn’t happen in Rugby for a number of reasons. Firstly, there are consequences. If you do something such as stamp on someones head, you will be punished after the game regardless. In football, you MIGHT be punished. Secondly, if a try is a try and it’s clear from the instant replays in real-time – you will be awarded the try. This is completely fair and the players have no reason to feel hard done by.

I don’t understand the bodies that run football’s reluctance to bring in video refereeing. Maybe it’s down to the fact that they feel it might slow the game down – there are so many rules and situations in football that could go to a video referee that it might just be overwhelming. If this is the case, all they have to do is follow the rules similar to Tennis, you only get limited number of calls per set. Even if it was 2 per half – it would hardly slow down the game at all.

I’ve a horrible feeling that if the shoe was on the other foot and it was Ireland that scored last night by carrying the ball over the line, video refereeing would be standard from here on in – but we’re just too small in the eyes of Blatter and Platini to even care about what happened.

The simple fact is – this event proves it’s time for video refereeing.

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So Ronaldo thinks he needs a new challenge

WIGAN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 11:  Cristiano Ron...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

Ronaldo finally announced publicly yesterday that he plans to stay with Manchester United for another season at least. Commenting on his reason for wanting to leave Man United he said:

“I am going to say something here that I’ve never told anybody: if we hadn’t been European champions I probably wouldn’t have even thought about going to Madrid”.

He went on to say, “After we’d won the Champions League I felt that in five years I had helped win everything there was to win. We’d won the Premier League twice and I’d won a host of individual awards, including the best goalscorer in the Premier League, Champions League and in Europe. So I felt that maybe I needed a new challenge”.

As much as I respect anyone who aspires to be the best they possibly can at their chosen profession, the way Ronaldo handled it all leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. The five years he talks about, were 4 years where his club, in particular manager Alex Ferguson, stood by him when everyone else thought he was a poor excuse for a footballer. Not many people rated him as a true and true footballer. Yes maybe he could dazzle with his silky skills, his football brain just didn’t seem to be there.

However, last season was his best yet – we don’t even have to mention his goals. As an all round player, he really showed how well he has matured under Alex Ferguson. But as any true professional will tell you, “you are only as good as your last performance”.

So Ronaldo may think he has nothing left to prove, but I feel he has a lot still to do. He needs to show that this season, he can be as consistent as he was in the last. Just like all the great football heros you can think of.

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Ronaldo has got to go

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 13:  Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United  celebrate winning the Premiership title at the end of the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on May 13, 2007 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Wayne Rooney;Cristiano Ronaldo

In 2006 I was disappointed that Ferguson decided to keep Cristiano Ronaldo at United. Even more so after his disgusting back stabbing of his club team mate, Wayne Rooney, in the World Cup.

Yet again, Ferguson is running to the players side to try and convince him to stay after he announced yesterday that he would love to move to Real Madrid, if they coughed up United‘s asking price.

God Fergie, let him go! He’s an arrogant, immature, cocky little fecker! Yes we put up with Cantona, but he still loved United, he didn’t want to leave. Surely with your years of experience you can see that he’s a player that just thinks of himself and not the club, which you’ve always said is bigger than any player!!???

Let him go – even after his mind blowing form this season, I’d be happy to see the back of him!

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Manchester United champions again!

Well my beloved Man United have done it again! Well done lads!!!

In a tightly fought competition they came out on top again to win the league by 2 points. That’s another item of my new year predictions 😉

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