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‘Offences’ against Newcastle prove the need for video referee

4 years ago
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Can we rely on referees and linesmen, or is it time for a video referee in the stand?

‘Little’ things this past season, such as a horrendous referee decision, could have cost Newcastle United the title, or even promotion.

Just like the abomination that is Trelford Mills all those years ago (12 January 1983 – FA Cup 3rd round replay v Brighton at St James Park), this past season we have had…

The bewildering Matt Richie ‘disallowed penalty’.

The ‘Keith Stroud’ incompetence incident v Burton at St James Park.

What about the idiot who was ref against Forest away?

Or the extra six minutes added at the end of the Leeds game?

Those are just four examples of decisions made against Newcastle United that were so so bad just this season.

These are just obvious instances that spring to mind in recent months, not to mention the numerous other incidents, not only this season but countless others in previous seasons.

Man Ure got away with so much down the years and there are many other examples of similar favouritism.

So, the traditionalists will say no to a video referee no doubt but what is the excuse?

I argue there aren’t any. What if we had missed out on promotion on the back of one of these stupid decisions?

There is far too much resting on decisions, too much cash resting on what the referee decides.

A wrong, or right, decision can totally change the outlook for a club, potentially for years and years to come.

Promotion to, or staying in, the Premier League, being two obvious examples.

Even if a game is delayed, so what?

Howay ladies and gentlemen, tell me what you think.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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