Former professional referee Howard Webb has recently stated that he is working towards having video technology to be put into use for official matches and especially for international matches involving the FIFA World Cup.
There was an incident that occurred over 7 years ago which involved Republic of Ireland and France facing off against each other in a two-legged football play-off match that saw the French side coming out on top with a final scoreboard of 2-1 as they qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In this FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off match between Republic of Ireland and France, something extremely controversial happened as Thierry Henry was shown touching the ball with his left hand before slipping it over to his teammate William Gallas who edged the victory for France.
After the qualification match was over, Thierry Henry himself admitted that it was a hand-ball as he said: “Yes, there was hand, but I’m not the referee. ‘Toto’ (SébastienSquillaci) was going for the front, I was behind two Irishmen, the ball ricocheted and hit my hand. Of course, I continued to play. The referee did not whistl ‘hand’ but I can’t say there wasn’t hand’’
The own player admitted to have made a hand-ball and Howard Webb wants to stop things like these from occurring in the future and this is why the former referee is working towards having video technology implemented in matches. Continue reading Howard Webb wants video technology to be implemented
Real Madrid’s 2-o win over Club America, a Mexican team during the club World Cup semi-final saw the footballing body, FIFA make use of video replays in a trial usage.
However, the technology was during the match, blasted by Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo after it took nearly a minute for Ronaldo’s injury goal to be confirmed as confusion took over the pitch.
During the match where the technology was being tried for the first time by FIFA, Enrique Caceres, Paraguayan referee, signaled that he was checking with a video assistant referee to know if the goal should be allowed to stand.
After waving for play on initially, Carceres then went on to award the goal without making use of the replay footage available to him on a side of the pitch
Modric, former Spurs midfielder had said about the technology,
“It is a new system, even a new event, and I do not like it very much,”
“That is because I think it can cause a kind of confusion and we have not had it explained to us in too much detail.” Continue reading MADRID STARSCRITICIZE FIFA’S VIDEO TECH PLANS
Sky Sport pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville talk about how influencing referees had helped them as former footballers diffuse potential tough situations.
Carragher mentioned he was avoided getting sent off as he talked his way out. The game between Liverpool and Manchester United on Monday night is keenly awaited, and both pundits shared former experienced playing in such high profile games.
Carragher said when both sides met in 2011, he avoided a red card when he was tackled Red Devils winger Nani.
“I was on favourable terms with the referee Phil Dowd. I got him on my own, pulled him and said ‘he just beat me with skills.’ Everyone is fighting and I got him over like an experienced pro. Did I think it was a red card at the time? Oh yeah. I’ve seen the reaction of all the players but like I said, I got Phil Dowd on his own, had a word with him and we came to some sort of a deal,” Carragher revealed.
Continue reading Remember how Carragher avoided a red card?
Former international referee Howard Webb has stated that the greatest mistake of his career has been in a match opposing Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs.
He said that he awarded a penalty in the game and that now he believes that the penalty was unnecessary.
He said that the game was back in 2009, and Manchester United was trailing 2-0 at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney played a wonderful through ball that set up Michael Carrick one on one against the keeper. Gomes, who was the goalkeeper at that time, came rushing and got a touch on the ball. At that moment, Howard Webb awarded a penalty despite the fact that Gomes has a hand on the ball.
He said that he did not take into account Gomes protest and believed that at that time he took the best decision. He admits that he misread the situation and as a result made a wrong decision to award the penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goal on the penalty and allowed Manchester United to come back into the game. Continue reading Howard Webb talks about the greatest mistake in his career
Former England referee Howard Webb has finally admitted that he may have made a big error in the final of the World Cup 2010. The match witnessed one of the poor refereeing decisions at a major tournament. Holland were up against Spain in the final of the competition in South Africa. Spain were the clear favourites for a victory and this forced Netherlands into adopting dirty tactics as far as ending their trophy drought was concerned. Even though Netherlands had possessed some of the best players in the world, they have not been successful in a World Cup.
Keen to change this fact, Netherlands resorted to playing the hardway in order to stop Spain from playing their natural game of passing football. Up until that point, Spain had been comfortably cruising past big teams by playing a beautiful brand of football that had captivated the world. The biggest talking point in the final came when former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong made a clear stamp on the chest of Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso. The challenge was worthy of receiving a red card in any match, butWebb appeared to go by the spirit of not sending off players in a big match. Continue reading Howard Webb has finally admitted that he may have made a big error