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Video technology? Yes, we can.



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I am a big advocate for video technology in football. That is simply because I think it will only enhance the sport. Said technology probably won’t ever be implemented until the likes of Platini and Blatter step down and more forward-thinking (anti-purist) people attain influential positions in football. That being said, let’s have a look at how video technology would work.

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First and foremost, a 5th official will be needed in all games. His role will be to review footage and he will have the power to overturn the referee’s initial decision. The 5th official is needed because the game shouldn’t be stopped while the footage is reviewed. In each game, a manger will have the opportunity to appeal three decisions. The number of appeals each manager gets is debatable but I selected a small amount so as to prevent totally undermining the referee on the pitch. So, then, how exactly will the appeal work? After the event occurs, a manager has exactly two minutes to send word to the 5th official to advise that he wants the decision reviewed. If the 5th official reviews the footage and it is absolutely certain that the referee’s initial decision needs to be reversed, same will be done. If the video footage is inconclusive, the initial decision will be upheld.

Now that the basics are covered, let’s have a look at a few scenarios to see how this will work. Eden Hazard performs one of his mazy dribbles and finds his way in the opposition’s penalty box, then Johnny Evans perform one of his acrobatic, Liu Kang inspired, mega-death kicks, similar to the one he did against Drogba, and brings down Hazard. Howard Webb has a good long look and decides “No penalty!” Roberto Di Matteo will now have the opportunity to have the decision reviewed while the game continues. If the 5th official deems the offence worthy of a penalty and a red card, same will be awarded the next times the ball goes out of play. That is, Chelsea will go straight to the penalty spot after the ball goes out of play and Evans will leave the pitch. The decision to wait until the ball goes out is to not only allow the 5th official enough time to review the decision, but to also let the flow of the game continue. No stoppages.

In another scenario, Ramires makes a perfectly legitimate challenge on Wayne Rooney just outside the 18-yard box. Howard Webb awards a free kick and Van Persie curls a beauty into top corner leaving Petr Cech bewildered. Again, Di Matteo appeals the decision and the 5th official sees that the free kick should not have been awarded. In this situation, there will be no need to wait for the ball to go out of play. The goal will simply be reversed. Yes, this may be detrimental to our opponents psyche but that is just too bad for them. The right decision is far more important than how players feel.

The option to have a decision reviewed will not be limited to big decisions. They can be used by managers to retrospectively award cards, gain free kicks, to see simulation or violent conduct rightfully punished, etc.

On a side note, I haven’t mentioned video reviews for goal-line controversies simply because these situations should not depend on a manager needing to have the footage reviewed. There should be systems in place, like Hawkeye and GoalRef, which immediately notify the referee that the ball has crossed the line.

That's it! Finally, many of my friends and family members have advised me that I am a crazy, delusional bastard as it relates to the way I think. They may be right. Please use the comments section to either reject or reinforce their claims. Thanks for reading.

This FanPost was contributed by a member of the community and was not subject to any sort of approval process. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions held by the editors of this site.

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