MARCH 14 — The word “video technology” has to be banned entirely as far as football is concerned. It is a bad word and an insult to FIFA, the gods of the game.
The human element has to be championed as only humans can be stupid and make stupid mistakes. Poor Bob Pollock!
He is a legend now as the whole world “witnessed” his “mistake” in the Bolton Wanderers versus Queens Park Rangers (QPR) game on Saturday, which the home side (Bolton) went on to win 2-1.
The score was 0-0 at the time and the early “goal” for QPR could have been pivotal to their survival in the Premiership. Now, we will never know.
The “goal” that was never given has been “replayed” time and again all over the world because there is only one stumbling block to the use of modern technology in football... and that is FIFA, the governing body themselves.
Personally, I love the cheers or groans from the crowd in tennis as the ball bounces either side of the line in the “action replay” on the screen whenever a player challenges the umpire’s call.
Over in Italy, AC Milan was denied a goal when Gianluigi Buffon caught the ball a yard over the line from a Sulley Muntari header and Juventus eventually drew 1-1. That “goal” would have put Milan two goals up and very possibly given them all three points.
Moving swiftly on, it was thoroughly enjoyable to watch Swansea City out-pass Manchester City and play with such liberty and intent at the, er... Liberty Stadium.
Perhaps this is the wake-up call needed for the City millionaires to realise they need to get after teams from the start as they were guilty of dilly-dallying on the ball as individuals.
Every player seemed to want to pose with the ball and this made it easier for the Swans to stay compact and break with ease.
Meanwhile, in the Liga Primera, for 55 minutes at the Benito Villamarin, it was just about the scrappiest football I have witnessed this season from Spain but the score stood at 2-2 before Real Madrid actually started to play. Thereafter, the Madrid outfit got better and stronger and eventually deserved the three points against Real Betis.
Back in England, first it was Gareth Bale and then it was Gabriel Obertan who was given a free role in central midfield and, unless you’re as stubborn as a mule or Harry Redknapp or Alan Pardew, these players just do not possess the positional sense or awareness to play that role.
At least Pardew realised that after an hour against Arsenal and replaced the sad Obertan but it really is beginning to look like Harry Redknapp is bent on unsettling Spurs before he moves on.
Though, of course, as yet no official approach has been made by the English FA.
Finally, all credit is due to the Gunners as they continue with their current amazing run of comeback victories, especially after an uncertain and wretched season — first at the start of the season, then sometime in the middle, too, about two months ago.
It is about time they turned up and brought some respectability to their season. They lost eight matches last season and have already achieved that. However, Arsene Wenger’s men certainly look like they could remain unbeaten in the last ten matches of this season.
And the sight of two feuding Dutchmen — the country’s leading striker Robin Van Persie and second choice goalkeeper Tim Krul — was certainly one to behold ahead of EURO 2012.
I wonder whose side Wesley Sneijder will be on because there is history between Sneijder and RVP too.
* The views expressed here are the personal opinion of the columnist.