UK time is: 13:28:12
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Video

Leicester City's 22 shots to one goal against Crewe was the worst goals to shots ratio in Coca Cola League championship football on Saturday but statistics never tell quite the full story - cos Elvis Hammond had what some believe to be a perfectly legitimate 'goal' disallowed.

Not for the first time - it happened at Derby too - Hammond was the apparent victim of a marginal decision.

Undoubtedly the two events cost Leicester points. A similar decision ruling out a Van Persie opener for Arsenal against Chelsea yesterday almost certainly changed the course of that game.

And it all spells out in capital letters the need for video replays to be introduced.

Already the technology has settled many a difficult debate in rugby and cricket circles.

What can't speak can't lie and nor do videos respond to crowd reaction, lose concentration or make mistakes because they can't see two places at once.

Certainly sometimes, like officials, the video doesn't 'see' clearly enough or conclusively enough to make the right decision indisputable but that is not a problem. If in doubt, rule it out.

Consider the effect of these decisions...

Leicester might well have beaten both Crewe and Derby with the Hammond goals and been much more comfortably placed to challenge for a play-off spot.

Instead they continue flirting with the relegation zone and manager Levein takes more stick than he probably deserves.

Arsenal at 1-0 up might well have closed the game out and kept the title race open. But, instead, runaway league leaders Chelsea secured a 2-0 win and one doubts that anyone would now bet against them finishing top.

So, surely, the time has come when the football authorities must step in on behalf of fair play and introduce the technology that will take so much of the controversy out of difficult decision making.

Why are they seemingly so reluctant?




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 28 2005

Time: 1:52PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Leicester City Articles

Pearson Gives Burnley Injury Update (Wednesday October 1 2014)

Stats: Crystal Palace v Leicester (Saturday September 27 2014)

Shakey - We're Staying Grounded (Wednesday September 24 2014)

Nugent & Drinkwater On United Victory (Tuesday September 23 2014)

Vardy - We'll Always Be A Threat (Tuesday September 23 2014)

Leicester City 5 Manchester United 3 (Sunday September 21 2014)

Stats: Leicester v Manchester United (Sunday September 21 2014)

Archived Leicester City Articles

List All Vital Leicester  Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
9. Crystal Palace 6 2 2 2 0 8
10. WBA 6 2 2 2 0 8
11. Stoke 6 2 2 2 0 8
12. Leicester City 6 2 2 2 -1 8
13. West Ham 6 2 1 3 0 7
14. Liverpool 6 2 1 3 -1 7
15. Everton 6 1 3 2 -2 6

Breaking League News

Arsenal : 02/10/2014 13:16:00
Delph Must Be Kept - Poll Results
Aston Villa : 02/10/2014 12:30:00
Everton fly out to Russia without key players
Everton : 02/10/2014 10:50:00
Liverpool: Rodgers Bemoans 'Soft' Goal
Liverpool : 02/10/2014 08:50:00
Liverpool : 02/10/2014 08:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Palace MotM
Suggested By:  Svens
Schmeichel 34%
Konchesky 0%
Morgan 0%
De Laet 0%
Moore 0%
Drinkwater 33%
Hammond 0%
Cambiasso 0%
Nugent 0%
Ulloa 0%
Vardy 33%
Sub - Mahrez 0%
Sub - Simpson 0%
Sub - James 0%