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Calling For Cameras: Why Football Needs Video Playback Now!

Confusing Offside Decisions. Dodgy Penalty calls. Phantom Goals.

Whatever team you support, at some point, you've been wronged by a referee.

Here are just a few from this season:

"Rob Styles apologises to Bolton for penalty blunder."

"Mike Riley admits he made a horrible mistake in sending off Lampard."

"Referee Howard Webb admits his mistake over Tottenham penalty."

According to the Guardian Newspaper, Howard Webb has been demoted to refereeing Championship matches after he wrongly gave a penalty to Man Utd on Saturday which began their comeback against a two goal deficit and some say stole the game from Tottenham.

Sir Alex Ferguson has still not stopped bleating about the penalty he claims was not awarded in the FA Cup semifinal against Everton that eventually led to his team being dumped out of the competition.

And Chelsea were robbed of their Premiership season when Mike Riley gave Frank Lampard a red card in their crucial league match against Liverpool, then later admitted that it was Xabi Alonso who should have been sent off instead. 

It's not just a case of bad refereeing, refs are only human. They make errors. What has changed is that now we're living in a world of instant playback that we get to see their errors before the game has even finished. And if we can, so should they.

The arguments are that video playback would slow down the flow of the game. Or undermine the authority of the referee. These are poor arguments. Refs regularly consult with their linesmen over crucial decisions, so why not have a dedicated official watching video playback.

The referee would surely prefer to be 'undermined' by accurate technology than having to make anymore of those embarrassing post match apologies that seem to be increasing in numbers all the while.

There's a lot of money in football and decisions turn games—and tournaments. I wouldn't be surprised to see the FA or UEFA end up in court over one of these terrible decisions, when a team is relegated, or fails to make European Competition, resulting in the loss of millions.

The technology is there, with no reasonable argument against using it.

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