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Tears and tantrums are often affiliated to football fans by those who don't understand the passion that befalls you when your team win, on some occasions the for mentioned are justified, here's just a few to note. 1966 yes we all know where I am going don't we, the score was 2-2 at the time when Geoff Hurst struck a shot against the German bar that subsequently bounced down (over the line if your English, on the penalty spot if ur German), well the rest is history.

In 1980 Crystal Palace v Coventry, Clive Allen (brilliant player) struck a free kick, it clearly hit the back stanchion and bounced out, the goal was never given. Match of the day had a field day that evening.

In 1997 Yes I am a Chesterfield fan (but no I did not send Mr Elleray death threats) but if Jonathon Howards goal had been given we would have gone 3-1 up and Bryan Robson may have given us credit ( Perhaps not then), but then again Jamie Hewitt wouldn't av become the hero he has with his last gasp equaliser (quality moment) all together now (cheer up Bryan Robson etc etc), and I still say to this day Billy Mercer wouldn't have been beaten in the first minute of the subsequent final.

The more notorious goal that wasn't given in 1997 (unless you support Chesterfield that is) was in the Everton v Bolton match, a Gerry Taggart shot was supposedly cleared by Terry Phelan, TV replays clearly showed the ball had crossed the line, the match ended 0-0, at the end of the season Bolton were relegated by just 1 point and yes you have guessed it, Everton were the lucky team who survived.

The 2003 FA Cup 6th round match. Leeds v Crystal Palace, Michael Duberry cleared Tommy Blacks goal bound effort from well behind the line, Leeds went on to win 2-1.

2010 world cup Frank Lampards effort clearly crossed the line, the score at the time was 2-1 to the Germans, subsequently with the goal being disallowed English heads dropped and the Germans gave us a footballing lesson.

2012 FA cup semi final, Juan Matta was given a goal by referee Martin Atkinson. Even TV replays wasn't clear cut (spurs robbed again). Finally I have forgot the year but all football fans will remember the goal (even though Man Utd fans still say it didn't cross the line) Yes Man Utd v Spurs, Roy Carroll and Mark Clattenburg should still be hanging their heads in shame.

All in all this ramble not only proves that football fans have every right to throw tantrums or shed the odd tear, not just because they've dropped the pie or their teams losing, but simply because we as 1 want/need/demand goal line technology. Teams have lost out on FA cup finals, relegation, promotion all because FIFA (notably Mr Platini) keep saying no to Goal line technology is not going to happen.

Its a multi-million pound industry these days, let's give all those who are participating a level playing field. Let's take a leaf from the rugby super league guys, they have a video referee, if the ref is not sure on a decision he asks the video referee straight away, a slight delay in play, but who cares if the right decision is the outcome. To coin a phrase from our TV meerkat friends 'IT'S SIMPLES'.
Stu M.

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Date:Thursday October 11 2012

Time: 11:00AM


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