Continuing from here, I am aiming to collate as many examples as possible of contentious refereeing decisions in top flight football.
This covers matches in:
- The Premier League
- The Championship
- The Scottish Premier League
- The Football League
- Serie A
- La Liga
- The Bundesliga
- The Champions League
- The UEFA Cup
A contentious decision is any questionable decision that is likely to affect the outcome of a match, including penalties, sendings off and offside decisions.
If you are aware of any such examples, please add a comment below. If the incident is described in the mainstream media, or has been captured on video, available on the internet, please add a link.
To me, the reluctance of the football authorities to adopt video technology to address such contentious decisions clearly illustrates a reactionary leadership, lacking the capacity for progressive thought.
How referees and assistant referees are deployed in top flight matches, and how they are selected, trained, remunerated and appointed to officiate matches, are also matters that require serious re-consideration.
A discussion of some of the considerations can be found here.
As an alternative to goal-line technology and “potentially disruptive” instant TV replays, Uefa – initiated by Platini – has been looking at a new refereeing system whereby the referee is helped by four rather than two assistants.
Is the time the referee spends consulting with two extra assistants any less “disruptive” than use of video technology? More significantly, decisions will not be any less contentious.
Until a sensible resolution is found, I find myself watching professional football less and less, and, even at the age of 43, playing more.