Anyone following English League by now knows the strange case of Freddie Sears’s goal being disallowed after it clearly went in before hitting a stanchion and bouncing out. The referee Rob Shoebridge awarded Bristol City a goal kick after extensive consultation with the linesman as disbelieving players surrounded him. City was at the end of a bad call themselves as he disallowed a Paul Hartley goal for offside. It probably was a make up call. Neil Warnock was understandably livid and his accusations of poor sportsmanship and cheating ignited a war of words between the two clubs.
Goal line technology is good for the blood pressure but bad for football folklore. Purists will say that these are the moments that live on and breed rivalries which fuel book sales. Somewhere there are Hobbits that rule the game and we always have to go back to the Shire to find time standing still.
However, this incident is bound to add to the debate over whether we can trust human judgment. It proves more and more that we need a fourth official to review decisions. The matter would have been resolved in seconds for all the time it took Shoebridge to debate the goal with his crew. We can restrict the number reviews to limit the disruption to the flow of the game.