Callum McManaman’s awful challenge on Massadio Haïdara on Sunday once again brought its predictable headlines because the referee didn’t send him off.
What I haven’t
seen a lot of is the fact Mark Halsey didn’t exactly have the greatest view of
the incident because a player ran across his path.
saw nothing so left with a player lying on the ground screaming in sheer agony,
Halsey had two choices; guess it was the awful challenge it was and send
McManaman off, knowing Haidara could have caught his studs in the turf.
Or let it pass
because he hadn’t seen it and take the ramifications at half-time and after the
game, which is what he rightfully did.
If a referee or
his assistant doesn’t see something, football does not need them to guess! I
hope McManaman gets a retrospective ban because, malicious or not, there is no
place for tackles like that.
However, it got
me thinking, what if Mark Halsey had an official in the stand in front of a
monitor who he could communicate with, a TV referee?
with Halsey, one of the best referees we have in the Premier League, stopping
play and while getting Haidara the medical treatment he needed speaking to the
TV referee? The play has already been stopped!
with him asking for a replay because he couldn’t see the tackle which left
Haidara screaming in pain?
an official will see the replay and tell him red card, Wigan are punished,
Newcastle while losing their player to injury feel justice has been served and
the game can pan out to a natural conclusion.
harm in allowing an official to sit, on the gantry away from fans with a
monitor to provide the answer when the referee just isn’t sure?
This is not
goal-line technology, this is a double check like in rugby union, encourage the
referees to get it right first time but if they are unsure, give them the
Yes it will
delay the game, it has to, but when prices are in excess of £40, £50 and £60
for a Premier League game, shouldn’t we reward fans with the correct decisions?
Like them or
loathe them, referee’s are human – ask yourself this, given one look at it,
would you make the right decision everytime?