Yes, Craddock’s goal was obviously offside and had that decision gone against us, I would be furious.
In fact, Jody was offside when he scored against Stoke too.
But by my reckoning, it’s still 4-2 to the referees.
The men in black denied us certain penalties against Wigan, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Villa so we’re still behind in the decision lottery.
The debate about video replays has become more intense than ever since Henry’s shameful handball against Ireland.
Should we have cameras on the goal line, in front of the fourth official showing the whole game, or should the ref just be able to stop play whenever there is a flashpoint and he doesn’t have a clear view?
I just think it’s tragic that all this time and effort is going in to trying to combat what is simply cheating – diving, elbowing, headbutting, punching, kicking off the ball, handballing, claiming goals that aren’t, claiming goals aren’t that are.
Let’s not trial stopping matches for video referrals yet.
First, let’s try using video to issue proper punishments to players who cheat.
Let’s see if we can stop them cheating all together, rather than trying to catch them doing it.
So, after every game an official watches the footage and issues harsh punishments.
Let’s see if Eduardo dives again after he has served a 10-match ban.
If cheating can be stopped, the officials might be able to do a better job of monitoring offsides.
Hopefully Jody can rack up a few more goals before they cotton on though.
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