Technology needed after Marriner mistake

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SUGGESTIONS from BBC pundit Peter Schmeichel that referee Andre Marriner should be banned for his red card gaffe are ludicrous.

In case you missed it, Marriner sent off Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs for a deliberate handball against Chelsea when it was quite clearly Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who committed the offence.

Even Oxlade-Chamberlain himself appeared to admit his guilt to the official following the incident at Stamford Bridge but Marriner chose not to reverse his decision.

It was a blunder of the highest order but just that, a blunder.

In calling for a ban, Schmeichel has missed the point entirely.

Rather than castigating Marriner further and making referees fearful of their future actions, he should be advocating the introduction of video technology to help officials.

For whatever reason, the 43-year-old failed to spot that it was Oxlade-Chamberlain who tipped Eden Hazard's shot past the post.

Television replays proved the case of mistaken identity instantly and photographic stills have also been released showing Oxlade-Chamberlain at full stretch.

But, unlike managers or media pundits, Marriner did not have access to any of those. Even Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson needed a second look.

So, no matter how obvious the call appeared to be, Marriner was unable to check a replay to make sure. Nobody would slate him for double-checking. If he had, there would be no debate.

That he opted not to change his mind on Oxlade-Chamberlain's admission is worrying but maybe that says more about the lack of trust referee's have in players not to work situations to their advantage.

But until referees are allowed access to same replays as the rest of us, errors will continue and so will the scrutiny.

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3:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

disgusted with local F.A says...

What a load of tripe refs needing technology at the end of the day the ref got it wrong and was told so at the time but as usual he is bigger than the player,yes he made a mistake but why couldn't he take it on the chin and reverse his first decision, the problem we have now in football is it is not a working mans sport anymore and it is a profit related business it is becoming a money related industry. where was all this so called technology when the sport was working class.£300.000 per week for a player plus bonus is a disgrace I don't care what people want to say be lets put life in prospective it does really annoy me that so called footballers are demanding this kind of money and sometimes I can watch more effort on the local park on a Sunday morning leave the refs alone they are after all HUMAN
What a load of tripe refs needing technology at the end of the day the ref got it wrong and was told so at the time but as usual he is bigger than the player,yes he made a mistake but why couldn't he take it on the chin and reverse his first decision, the problem we have now in football is it is not a working mans sport anymore and it is a profit related business it is becoming a money related industry. where was all this so called technology when the sport was working class.£300.000 per week for a player plus bonus is a disgrace I don't care what people want to say be lets put life in prospective it does really annoy me that so called footballers are demanding this kind of money and sometimes I can watch more effort on the local park on a Sunday morning leave the refs alone they are after all HUMAN disgusted with local F.A
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3:46pm Tue 25 Mar 14

steve carley says...

I have left the ref alone.
I have left the ref alone. steve carley
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4:17pm Wed 26 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

one thing that never seems to get a mention is the technological necessity to get these decisions correct. football is no longer just a cross on the pools on a Saturday afternoon, it's also a major player in the gambling industry. every incorrect decision is having an affect on the result in one way or another. we wouldn't countenance horseracing results decided with the naked eye, nor should we in football.
one thing that never seems to get a mention is the technological necessity to get these decisions correct. football is no longer just a cross on the pools on a Saturday afternoon, it's also a major player in the gambling industry. every incorrect decision is having an affect on the result in one way or another. we wouldn't countenance horseracing results decided with the naked eye, nor should we in football. liketoknow
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12:45am Sat 29 Mar 14

themooman says...

It was obviously Gibbs who hand balled it that's why he got sent off
It was obviously Gibbs who hand balled it that's why he got sent off themooman
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