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“Video referee needs to decide: inside or outside box”

The video referee is not (yet) introduced in the biggest footall competitions. But Jamie Carragher wants that to change. The former Liverpool defender says that a video referee needs to decide wether a free kick is inside or outside the penalty area. “That is a massive decision”, he told on BBC’s Match of the Day.

Carragher thinks it would be a good idea when play would be stopped after a referee has decided that it was a foul. Then it would be up to the video referee to tell the center referee if the offence occured inside or outside the box. “That would be the next step for goal-line technology.”

Jamie Carragher on the video referee

The most recent match where such a situation occurred was the Spanish derby between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Referee Christiano Ronaldo a penalty kick, but the offence happened about 20 centimeters outside the penalty area. Ronalda scored from the spot, but ‘el Classico’ ended in a 2-3 win for Barcelona. Eventhough the Real players were very lucky in this situation, they felt the need to complain about other decision from referee Undiano Mallenco. Sergio Ramos and Christiano Ronaldo were going too far, says the Spain’s Technical Committee of Referees (CTA). The organisation has sent a complaint about it to the Spanish Football Association RFEF.

Watch the match situation with Ronaldo and the penalty kick:

Check out how goal-line technology works.


  • Jerome Damon

    There are a three areas I believe the Video Referee can be useful (1) foul inside-outside the 18yd (2) penalty or not when infringement is clearly inside (3) an infringement in the build-up to a goal (ref could refer if he thinks there was a foul, which includes offside, in the build up). The goal line technology is a waste of resources and expensive- as such moments occur rarely as opposed to those mentioned above.

  • Niclas

    We had cases in UCL or the WC qualifiers where it was even unclear whether the infringement was outside or inside (Lyon-Sociedad, Russia-Azerbaijan, e.g.). I imagine that it could be very tough to take such a decision based on a video. This would create even more potential anger among players and specially fans. What if it is just a long lasting contact with no 100% clarity whether it’s in- or outside…the ref checkes it on video and will be confused, he maybe awards the penalty…then fans could even blame the official for deciding wrongly based on (in their eyes) clear video footage (incompetence) instead of a wrong decision based on live perception on the field of play (human decision / human mistake). I think the latter is the safer and better option.

    I see such developments with much fear, to be honest. Refereeing will be no step better by more technology and video replays, on the contrary. And I am honestly no conversative guy…

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