90% of football fans want video refs
“It doesn’t have to stop the game for too long. If sports like cricket and rugby can take it on, then I think that we should.”
His comments were echoed by Wes Lewis, co-founder of WheresTheMatch.com (a rather handy little site, if you ask us, which tells you which channel's showing which games on any given night). “Football is running the risk of being left behind technologically. Many team sports use a TMO (Television Match Official), including rugby union and league, with many supporters arguing that it adds to the tension and ensures informed decisions are made that could have otherwise affected the outcome of the game.
“Reading's recent ‘goal that never was’ against Watford proves that the current football system of the referee relying on his assistants for advice does not always mean that justice is served.
“Sports with far less money than football, such as rugby league use TMOs to great effect. It is important to remember that TMOs are not there to slow down play but ensure that both teams have a fair chance at winning.
“How many goals have been scored by players in offside positions? Recently, Dimitar Berbatov scored two goals for Manchester United against Celtic in the Champions League, both of which were found to be scored from an offside position upon inspection. If the goals would have gone to the big screen, they would not have been allowed."