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Ollie's Way: Why goal-line technology is a waste of time

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GOAL-LINE technology is complete waste of time in my opinion.

I don't know how someone spending a certain amount of money just to put something on the goal-line is going to solve all the issues in the game.

The fact is, the game is so well-covered already in our country, and all we can talk about is our country – I don't care what FIFA or UEFA think or say.

They can't govern us because we're already well down the road of already being a fantastically-organised football nation from the Premier League down to League Two.

The television coverage is quite exceptional and basically all we need is a fourth official to see a copy delayed by five seconds and we'll see all deliberate things.

Things like simulation, which is cheating, or if someone is offside, and all you've got to do is a five-second rule and then there will never be any wrong decisions.

The fourth official would see a time delay and be able to watch what happens five seconds later – and before you know it, every decision will be right because we'll be judging them on the information we get.

Goal-line technology is a way for someone to make some money, and for what? For three incidents a year? Only three a year?

It still wouldn't have shown up Thierry Henry's handball for France against the Republic of Ireland a few years ago.

The basic contentious issues where people are deliberately cheated to gain advantage or other things in football - handball, that won't help it. Offsides, that won't help it.

We'll end up seeing every decision on a Saturday night that the referees are wrong and then all the Sunday morning footballers will play their game knowing referees make mistakes and start abusing them.

I think it's a total waste of time and they've got it wrong again when they just need to use what we've already got, not charge people or put a chip in the ball – they don't need to do that.

I remember I was doing a one-match ban for Blackpool and I was standing up where there was television, because it was a live Sky game, but I could see the coverage and the referee got the decision wrong – on the television they were slaughtering him.

A fourth official would actually be able to correct him. Blackpool would have scored a goal and won the game and stayed in the Premier League perhaps.

The club actually get a letter from the referees' association apologising for nine points they cost us through their decisions. Blackpool would have been safe by eight points.

If we had to wait for two seconds now and then to get the right decision, I don't think it would slow up the game at all.

It doesn't matter if you can't do it on school pitches or Sunday mornings, there are millions of pounds at stake in our professional game.

Ollie's Way: Why goal-line technology is a waste of time


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