LAST week I was watching the first Test between England and West Indies in Antigua.
Ben Stokes thought he got Jermaine Blackwood out, but through the use of one simple TV replay it was shown he’d bowled a no-ball and thus hadn’t claimed Blackwood’s wicket. The 23-year-old Jamaican went on to make his maiden Test century.
Yesterday I watched the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool.
When Liverpool were trailing 1-2 late in the game, Mario Balotelli put the ball in the back of Villa’s net, yet he’d been ruled offside meaning the goal wouldn’t count. But through the use of one simple TV replay it was shown he wasn’t. The equalising goal should have stood and the match would then have almost certainly gone to extra-time.We finally have goal-line technology in football but now (in my opinion, and we all have one) a new law must be brought in: Every time the ball enters the goal, if possible, a video referee must confirm whether or not an attacking player was offside or not.