Posted Jan 04, 2005 in Sport.
A truly dreadful bit of officiating robbed Pedro Mendes of a goal, and Tottenham Hotspur of a victory, in a game against Manchester United. In the eighty-ninth minute of the game, Mendes tried a shot from 60 yards out. United's Roy Carroll fumbled what should have been an easy catch, and the ball crossed the line by perhaps three feet. Incredibly, the linesman kept his flag down and lucky United salvaged a point.
Manchester dominated for most of the game, but were frustrated by a superb Tottenham defence. With great work from Paul Robinson and Ledley King, Spurs kept United's strikers at bay in some style. The result surely means that Manchester United are out of the title race, with only Arsenal having a good chance of catching Chelsea.
The linesman's glaring error opens up the whole debate over video replays, like those in cricket and most US sports. All the TV replays clearly showed the ball crossing the line by a yard. Do you think that there should be TV replays to assist Premiership officials?