September 17, 2009

Europa League to get more refs?

The ex-UEFA Cup is planning on adding two referees to the games today. One on each on the goal-line as a sort of 'human camera' to have a close eye on the action.
Soccer’s governing bodies have approved the move to head off repeated calls for referees to get help from video technology. There have been several recent incidents of balls clearly crossing the line, but the goals not counting because the three officials couldn’t see it.

In one Champions League game last season, the referee sent off the wrong player.
Seems more difficult than installing a camera or implementing a form of video replay, but whatever.

So that's five refs, plus a fourth (sixth?) official, per match.

I guess we'll see how it goes.

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