Since I’m not the biggest fan of international friendlies, I did not bother to watch any of the friendlies that were played (or will be played).
“I’ll just watch the highlights and I’ll be fine,” I thought to myself. Just in case you don’t know, I still have a thing against all these international breaks disrupting the excitement of wonderful club football (yeah, you can shoot me now).
And so for obvious reasons, I missed the friendly between Spain and France. Okay, maybe I’m guilty for not watching a football game between two super powers. But then again, it’s not as if there was some sort of trophy at stake. Sorry Your Lordship, this one’s not guilty.
While scouring the internet for relevant football news, I stumbled upon the news of a video referee finally being useful in a football game, the game between Spain and France.
Since time began, video refereeing has always had two sides when it comes to football. One party feels it’ll kill the excitement of the game. Others think it helps to enforce the right decisions. What do I think? I’M SANDWICHED BETWEEN BOTH PARTIES. H.E.L.P M.E!!!
Before I continue, let me quickly as you: What do you think of a video ref being involved in the proceedings of a football game? Good move or bad call? Yay or Nay?
Moving on, the video ref in the game between Spain and France, made two vital calls, calling off France’s goal and making Spain’s goal to stand after it had been earlier ruled out.
As with all things football, so many folks took to social media to express themselves. This is the part, ladies and gentlemen, where I take the backseat and let the tweets take centre-stage.
Referees were given four main areas to focus on for video replays: deciding on whether or not a goal should count, penalty decisions, direct red cards, and correcting the identity of a penalised player.
— Nik Holmes (@HolmesNik) March 28, 2017
Video assistant used for the first time, 10 second turn around, correct decision!
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) March 28, 2017
🎥An example of how video assistant refs could be used going forward…
Griezmann scores but the video ref rules it out for offside: pic.twitter.com/r0IswV6EyI
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) March 28, 2017
— Scottish Footie Kits (@ScottishKits) March 28, 2017
Having watched the video ref footage from France, it's definitely going to kill the match experience for the fan in the stadium #VideoRef
— Jake Potter (@jakeypotter) March 28, 2017
With video refeerees being tagged as football’s possible future, it seems we’ll be seeing more of it as time goes on. What’s your take? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment (or two if you would). I’ll love to hear from you!
Rotimi Daramola is a freelance football writer, football analyst on radio (The Beat 97.9 FM) and football content creator that is in love with the beautiful game. You can keep up with all of his writing and also engage with him on Twitter @rotdav