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Another Referee Blunder Gives Support to Goal-line Tech Argument

  • Reuters, Monday, August 17, 2009 3:30 PM
An embarrassing refereeing decision during a Championship League game in England has reignited support for the introduction of goal-line technology. Referee Rob Shoebridge robbed Crystal Palace of a clear goal against Bristol City when he awarded a goal kick after a shot from Freddie Sears bounced back into the field of play after hitting the stanchion holding up the net.

The decision provoked a furious reaction from Palace manager Neil Warnock after his team lost 1-0 on a late goal. Warnock said City should have allowed Palace to score a goal to make up for the referee's error. He added: "We can put a man on the moon, time serves at 100 mile an hour at Wimbledon, yet we cannot place a couple of sensors in a net to show when a goal has been scored."

Keith Hackett, the general manager of the Professional Game Match Officials Board, responsible for overseeing England's leading match officials, apologized to Crystal Palace for the blunder. Hackett said that Shoebridge would not officiate at another game for at least two weeks and told Talksport Radio on Monday: "I am a very strong advocate of goal-line technology, so are the Football Association, so are the Premier League and the Football League. But despite everyone in England being in favor, FIFA and the International Board rejected the use of goal-line technology."

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