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Alan Green: Video ref would end disputes forever

Now that most everyone, including that neanderthal Sepp Blatter, accepts that the introduction of goal-line technology is both desirable and inevitable, I’d suggest it should merely be a starting point. I’d take it further.

Commentating on Bolton’s win against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, I witnessed first-hand one of the more obvious injustices.

Clint Hill’s header, at a time when Rangers were dominant despite the scores being level, was clearly over the line — TWO FEET over the line.

I don’t blame the referee Martin Atkinson. He couldn’t tell from his position. But technology would have told him.

And we all know that a 4th official watching a monitor would have quickly alerted Atkinson to the validity of the Hill effort. That 4th official would also have been able to tell the referee, in an instant, that Cisse’s equalising goal was offside and that Rangers should have had a penalty in stoppage time when Nigel Reo-Coker fouled Nedum Onuoha.

All of this would have ADDED to the referee’s authority, not diminished it and the result would have been fairer. Isn’t that what we all want?

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